Update: Teenager Shot to Death in Grayson

Police found the body of a teenager at an address in Grayson after receiving report of a person shot. This is being investigated as a homicide.

Update, Dec.27: Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith has reported that upon checking with the homicide unit, "there is nothing new that [Gwinnett PD] can share at this point, but the case is under active investigation. No arrests have been made."

Update, 4:54 p.m.: Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith identified the victim as 14-year-old Paul Sampleton. Police said his father came home at about 2:30 p.m., discovered his son's body, and called police. Grayson High School was on early release for the day. Police are still trying to determine if the boy walked in on a robbery or was ambushed. They don't know if he was targeted specifically, but say they are following up on leads.

Update, 4:19 p.m.: Police said the victim was a 14-year-old boy, a Grayson High School student, who might have unkowningly walked into a robbery. It's not clear if it was his home or someone else's.

Original post: Gwinnett County Police report that at 2:40 p.m. Dec. 19, police responded to a report of a person shot at a home on Haynescrest Drive in Grayson. A male teenager was found deceased inside, apparently from a gunshot wound.  Detectives are enroute to the scene. Police report that this case is being treated as a homicide. 

Michelle Couch December 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
This is absolutely horrible! Prayers to the family and for the police to find out what happened!
donnamarie December 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
This is so sad! My prayers to the family.
Mark Bove December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Sadly this area is rapidly declining. It's time to think about an exit plan.
Michelle Couch December 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Mark, I really don't feel that way. Home invasions happen everywhere and are usually random. I don't feel any less safe by this happening. Stick around buddy :)
M H December 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
That was not grayson area. That is 78 south gwinnett area.
M H December 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM
He happen to go to Grayson HS so Grayson was pulled in to the media!!
Gail Lane December 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Though it isn't in the city limits, it does have a Grayson address. Highway 78 near Cooper Road - and the young man attended Grayson High. No matter who wants to "not claim" this section of road, it is a tragic incident for this family and our community.
M H December 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM
It is a horrible thing! It's very sad that this happened. Comment was in response to Mark. I still think Grayson is a safe area and these things happen as Michelle stated....
William H December 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM
That is a Grayson address, my girlfriend use to live in that neighborhood.
Michelle Couch December 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM
My dream townhouse is in there - Haynes Crest. It is considered unincorporated Grayson.
Sharon Swanepoel December 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM
It is a Grayson address, but traveling from Loganville you go in and out of Snellville city limits to get to it. I know everyone is always very sensitive about what is inside city limits and what is not, but criminals don't usually honor those jurisdictional boundaries. This was a Grayson address, but in unincorporated Gwinnett. It was a nice, new Townhouse subdivision, but looked as though it was only partially built out. It is likely that the housing market crash prevented it from being completed. I lived for several years in Grayson - outside the city limits - but if anyone asked me where I lived, "Grayson" was my response. Many times residents only find out they're outside city limits when they find they can't vote in city elections.
Mike929 December 20, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This is Grayson. Across 78 is Snellville, east is Loganville. The subdivison is half built Richardson housing Group built this community. I live here and this is a tragic event. Regardless of which city this is.
Sharon Swanepoel December 20, 2012 at 02:30 AM
You are right Mike, that it is a tragedy is the one thing not in dispute. Our thoughts are with the family mourning the loss of such a young life. It is heartbreaking.
Ermin December 20, 2012 at 03:43 AM
noo that was grayson area
jalen connor December 20, 2012 at 05:18 AM
how mundane our prayers are with them, you should also believe that everything is a part of gods plan right????? how is this a part of gods plan??? maybe you should re-evaluate the content of religion that you hold so dear and accept that these horrible acts will always happen (columbine rocked the country with fear and sadness too) then here we are fat dumb and happy until the next horrible event. there will always be another horrible event to remind us that we should all keep our eye on the ball, and not leave so much up the hand of the lord. He saved me too but I believe that we should not rely on him as he would want us to be more independent?
Rona Gibbs Watts December 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Who cares where it happened.....a mother and father have lost their 14 y.o. son. Could have happened anywhere. Pray for them. Quit twisting this tragedy into a debate. Have a heart.
flettie December 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Doesnt really matter wherebit happened, it happened. And parents are without their son, over his extensive, nice show collection, somethin his parents worked hard to provide him. Theybdidnt have to shot him, and leave him there. This is my daughters friend, and Im heartbroken for his families and friend. It could have been anybody. Smh. Its terrifyin to know he was shot and then left To suffer and die alone and then for his father to walk in and find him. I pray for peace, and pray for the shooter, and all involed. I hope they get what They deserve, an eye for an eye, I say. He had his whole life, just 14 years young. I pray for my 14 year old, and 12, 9, and my 4 year old, and the whole world, I just pray. God bless
Tag December 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Let's just hope it wasn't another Grayson student who did this awful thing and if so he is caught before school resumes scary to think my daughter may be attending school with a murderer and one that will kill over a pair of shoes.
Gee December 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Who cares what city it happened in? People are hurting, it could be your family so you need to grow up.
Amy December 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Praying for the family, and for my kids, who knew this amazing young man. I didn't get to meet him, but he did have an impact on my life because my sons are mourning the loss. Please God, let them find the killer/s! No one's safe if this happened to a baby.
Robert Lewis December 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Are you sure you are saved because apparently you do not believe in what you read. Our prayers are not mundane. It is only the grace of a loving God that can allow the deceased parents to make it through this terrible time. I hear all these people making comments about God with these trajedies but the issue is that America wants nothing to do with God. So now what.. Since we want Him out of our lives He will just excuse Himself. Also it amazes me that in this terrible incidents no one ever blames evil. But they always blame God. We have to rely on Him totally. Your comments make no sense to me and I pray that you will ask and seek understanding.
Michelle Couch December 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I do not believe that anyone's intention was to twist this tragedy into a debate; only to clarify the location. Please demonstrate "heart" and compassion by not stirring a pot that doesn't exist. Everyone has recognized that this is a travesty for this family and our community. Everyone has expressed their love and condolences. I am confident that we all pray for this victim, his family, his friends, and his classmates. Especially on the heels of what happened last week in CT. Yet another school will have to cope with great loss, the grieving process and making sense of it all. I pray for peace for everyone involved, and I continue to pray for the answers that I know we all seek. God Bless Everyone! We need him in our lives more than ever!
Mark Bove December 20, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Hi Michelle, There has been an increase in petty crime in my subdivision. I've received similar information from people who live in neighboring subdivisions too. I know it's a sign of the depressed economy but I feel somewhat uneasy in this area now. When I moved to Grayson in 1996 it was a sleepy, humble little town. We loved it and I still feel a fondness to the community but I'm disappointed that it seems to be heading down the same path that Dekalb has taken. My business keeps me grounded and the kids want to finish school here but once they're graduated I expect that we'll relocate to Florida. As for this incident, I just can't wrap my head around how someone could shoot an innocent young man and leave him to die. That is pure evil! Having this happen days after the CT tragedy, which was very close to home for me and something I'm struggling with, makes this even more horrific. The eviction of God from the schools, in my opinion, diminishes the value of human life. Sadly, many families don't have time for God and without him in the schools, these kids are void of any spiritual influence. Keep praying......
Michelle Couch December 20, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Hey Back Mark! I do recognize that things have changed, and I am all to familiar with the depressed economy for it has taken a great toll on me professionally and personally. I have friends fighting to keep their homes, find jobs, working two-jobs, etc. During my last year at Tree Corners, the value of it's resident base had drastically decreased. There was a gang beat-in there witnessed by one of my neighbors, the resource officer found himself in a scary situation when non-residents invaded the pool area one evening, and groups of kids would walk in a spread-out line to block the roadways. I loved it there; but the quality of life there has diminished. It is not by any means cheap to live there (which is why I'm no longer there). So it's hard to pinpoint this moral decline: Is it due to the depressed economy? Is it a cultural decline? Or is it a combination? With the housing market the way it is - how can this be prevented anywhere? Perhaps you have hit the nail on the head - and we are spiraling into a society of moral-decline, such as never been witnessed before. How can any community be exempt however, if moral decline is the case? But I hear you! Grayson could never compete with Florida :)
Tammy Osier December 21, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Amy, I am so sorry for your boys! I pray they are able to cope with this and find some answers. :(
Amy December 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Thanks Tammy. It was just weird how we were discussing crime in Grayson mere days earlier.


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