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.
"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.
Police on scene of deadly shooting at apartment complex in SW Atlanta. Waiting for info from homicide det. LIVE at 6a pic.twitter.com/FPtnwdnIAp— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) July 16, 2017
Just spoke with murder victim's mother who said he turned 29 yesterday, and not 19 like originally reported. He was father of 4 pic.twitter.com/T7tTCoM0h7— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) July 16, 2017
Atlanta PD just clearing scene of double shooting that killed 29 yo man. Victim's mom says he's father of four kids. pic.twitter.com/yQDuTaVhMm— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) July 16, 2017
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