Fitzgerald, GA (April 28, 2024) – The GBI has arrested and charged a 17-year-old for a shooting incident that happened at an after prom party in Fitzgerald, GA.  The minor is accused of shooting four people and charged with one count of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Chyell Paulk, age 15, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died in the incident.  A 19-year-old and two minors were injured. 

The Fitzgerald Police Department made a request for the GBI to investigate overnight after officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 300 block of East Pine Street in Fitzgerald at about 1:10 a.m. When officers arrived, they found four people had been shot.  All the victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Paulk was pronounced dead at the hospital. All the victims are from Ben Hill County.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fitzgerald Police Department at 229-426-5000 or the GBI Regional Investigation Office in Perry at 478-987-4545. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Crisp Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 





Special Agent in Charge Jerry Jones