DeKalb County

Suspect, victim injured during home invasion that sent bullets flying through complex

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Bullets flew during a violent home invasion robbery at a DeKalb County apartment complex. Neighbors believe the victim and suspect shot each other.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to a neighbor who said she had a bullet fired into her apartment at the Windrush Apartments off Kensington Road.

The mother asked not to be identified but she showed Gehlbach the bullet hole in her front door.

She said her 5-year-old son was asleep in the next room.

“(It) came through the door, got into the carpet,” the mother said. “I’m scared for my life because my baby could have got shot or I could have got shot.”

Police found the victim and suspect shot in what they call a home invasion.

Another neighbor told Gehlbach he was the first person to get to the apartment where the shooting happened.

He told Gehlbach he could see two feet sticking out into the breezeway. That was the suspect. People in the complex said the suspect was a teen they had never seen before.


Neighbor Carole Plant called the victim a kindhearted man who would help anyone.

“He would even give you the food out of his place if you needed. That’s why I can’t understand how somebody could do it to him,” Plant said.

Others heard him calling for help from inside his apartment.

“He was screaming like crazy, 'Help! Help! Help! Please call the police! Please call the police!'” the mother said.

Neighbors think both men fired at each other during a shootout as the suspect tried to barge into his apartment, thinking he had a large stash of money.

They now say they don’t feel safe anymore in their own home and want the violence to stop.

“Something has to change. Someone has to speak up and make change,” Plant said.

DeKalb County police were also investigating a deadly shooting Friday morning at the Forest Cove apartments, in the 3000 block of Meadowglen Valley Lane.

Police said they found a woman shot in the head there.