‘Please, I'm begging as a mother': Search for gunman who killed father of 4

by: Steve Gehlbach Updated:

ATLANTA - Detectives are investigating a shooting that took the life of a young father of four and injured a 57-year-old man.

Police told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach there were quite a few people in the parking lot when an argument led to the shooting about 2:45 a.m. on the 2000 block of Bent Creek Way.

Deante Benton, 29, died at the scene. Police originally told Channel 2 Action News Benton was 19-years-old, but his mother told Gehlbach he is actually 29 years old.

Mother Charlene Benton told Gehlbach her son tried breaking up a fight that involved his co-worker.

“The other victim that got shot, he was supposed to be helping that person,” Charlene Benton said.

The 57-year-old was shot in both his legs and rushed to the hospital.


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“Obviously he’ll be interviewed later this morning just to see if we can get more information on what led up to the incident,” Lt. Ricardo Vazquez said. 

The mother also told Gehlbach her son celebrated his birthday Saturday and leaves behind four children.

Police told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach there were quite a few people in the parking lot when an argument led to the shooting about 2:45 a.m.on the 2000 block of Bent Creek Way.
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"He was a loving father of four," Charlene Benton said. “He was a wonderful brother, uncle, cousin. I just want justice to be served."

Police are talking to those who witnessed the shooting. Detectives went door to door, and they plan on interviewing the surviving victim at the hospital Sunday morning.

They do not have a description of the shooter.

 

 

 

 

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