• Family says father of 4 shot, killed on front porch of Atlanta home

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    ATLANTA - A family is looking for answers in the murder of their loved one. The father of four was gunned down on his front porch overnight.

    Atlanta police got the 911 call a little before midnight, and one officer may have heard the gunfire from nearby.

    They were there in seconds and found the 40-year-old victim just inside his front door at a duplex on Simmons Street in northwest Atlanta.

    The man was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.

    Police told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach that it was a shootout that started on the porch, then spilled out into the street.

    A neighbor who heard the shots said it definitely sounded like two different guns.


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    Gehlbach talked to the victim’s younger brother, who lives at the duplex with him but wasn’t home at the time. He said he doesn’t know why someone would want his brother dead.

    “For him to have any anger towards him? It was hatred. Because we didn’t associate with anybody, talk to nobody. He was good dude, man. He took care his kids. Kids all he had,” said the man, who did not want to be identified. 

    Family members gathered after the shooting to say a prayer in front of the home.

    Atlanta police served a search warrant, gathering evidence both inside and outside the duplex, even towing away the victim's car from the driveway.

    Investigators and the family now urge anyone with information to come forward.

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