DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Two people were killed during a drive-by shooting in DeKalb County early Wednesday, and an off-duty Atlanta police officer was arrested when he went to the scene to see if his son was one of the victims.
The shooting happened shortly after midnight on Eberline Court, in a neighborhood off Rockbridge Road near Stone Mountain.
DeKalb County police identified the victims as Langston Colzie, 20 and Marvin Lewis, 23.
Police said a silver Cherokee drove by, and someone in the car fired toward four men in the yard. According to police, one of those men, Christian Davis, 21, returned fire with an A-R 15 assault rifle that struck and killed Colzie and Lewis.
“I thought something was exploding,” neighbor Brigitte McHellon said.
Lewis lived at the home with his parents.
“He was a precious little fellow, really was,” McHellon said. “He was still young, had all his life in front of him.”
Investigators said they found a revolver in Lewis’ hand. He died in his front yard, and Colzie passed away at the hospital.
Amid the chaos, off-duty Atlanta Police Officer Gregory Morris rushed to the scene, concerned his son might have been killed.
“He was just trying to find out what was going on. He’s already on the ground, and then, they shocked him with a Tazer,” neighbor Deborah Morris said.
DeKalb detectives said Morris was combative and struck an officer in the face. They shocked him with a Tazer and arrested him. According to jail records, he was charged with simple battery and obstruction of officers and released from the DeKalb County Jail about two hours after being booked early Wednesday.
Police said Morris’ son was a witness and was not hurt.
Davis was arrested and charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter.
Police are still searching for the people in the silver Cherokee.