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Teenage business owner shot and killed outside his Clayton County business

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Clayton County Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a Clayton County barber shop.

The victim is Anthony ‘China’ McClain, 17. He was a barber who co-owned the shop with his mother.

“Just standing outside the barber shop, and there was a commotion and something happened and a stray bullet, what is that,” said LaShawn Hood, McClain’s cousin.

Hood remembers when someone shot and killed McClain. “It means a lot to me because my children, they were very close. To be just a young child, to be innocent and to be part of the gun violence that is going on in the city,” she said.

For hours, Clayton County police blocked off the barber shop near River Station Blvd in Clayton County to investigate what caused the commotion outside the store that killed McClain. Police said he was caught in the crossfire. His family said he was an innocent bystander.

His family said McClain was at work, doing what he loved most: cutting his hair. “Anthony was a very gifted child. He was homeschooled, very helpful with his mother, grandparents, and excelled in everything he did.

Hood said he showed that spirit of excellence at the barbershop. “He was very active. He was a sophomore in college, he got his barber license,” she said.

He worked to own the store with his mother. “It’s a family business that they created together. They did everything, put everything in place, do the floors, the pictures on the walls and just put everything they had in a family business,” Hood said.

Now, this dream is unfortunately interrupted. They have this to say to his killer. “I just have to say that I would like you to go. Young people, please lay down your arms. There are other ways to handle situations other than violence,” Hood said.

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