Teen tries to leave gang, is shot 15 times, survives

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM   |   Comments

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A teen was shot 15 times and left for dead after he tried to leave his gang, according to police. When some people nearby saw him crawling and moaning they came to his aid. They are now in protective custody to prevent retaliation.

"Never since I've been in law enforcement have I seen someone shot 15 times and live," said U.S. Marshal Eric Heinz.

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Counter Gang Unit and Atlanta Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect and 19-year-old Farrakmad Muhammad Price, who was found Tuesday hiding in Tennessee. It was confirmed that both suspects were members of the new Young Mob, which is an offshoot affiliate of the Goodfellas street gang. Investigators say the Young Mob's motto is "you stay until you die."

A relative of the victim told Fox Atlanta that he is recovering after undergoing surgery. "I think he's strong and he's a survivor," said the relative, who asked not to be identified. The relative warned about teens joining gangs, saying "change before it's too late. Because the same way they did him, somebody could do them."

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