• Officers: Possible stalker may have shot into Johns Creek home

    By: Mike Petchenik


    JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Johns Creek police are looking for the person who they say fired a rifle shot into a home, nearly striking two young children.
    Police told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik they have been investigating the shooting since early Thursday morning.
    The shooting comes just one day after investigators say the victim received a chilling phone call from a man whose been stalking her for a decade.
    "This morning I was in bed about 5 o'clock in the morning and I heard a loud bang, kind of woke me up," said neighbor Eric Van Alten. "It's kind of shocking."
    Police said the loud noise that startled Van Alten was a gun firing into his neighbor's home.
    A bullet hole can be seen above the front door to the house on Cauley Creek Drive.
    "That was kind of shocking happening across the street. That's not something that you want to happen in your neighborhood of course," Van Alten said.
    Police said a family with small children were home at the time.
    "Had the bullet continued on its current trajectory, it would have gone right into the bedroom where two small children were sleeping," said Lt. Chris Byers with the Johns Creek Police Department.
    Byers said the woman who lives in the home is a former professor at an Alabama college. He said a former student has been stalking the woman for 10 years.
    "There's been ongoing emails, phone calls, text messages over the past 10 years," he said.
    Byers said police want to know if the stalker is the shooter because of a phone call they say he made Wednesday morning.
    "Basically said to her that he's going to kill himself, and take someone with him," Byers said.
    "I know their daughters really well. They are the sweetest girls that you can imagine. I'm happy that they're all fine and doing OK,” Van Alten said.
    Police said the suspect lives out of state, but detectives could arrest him if they find evidence linking him to the shooting.

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