Gwinnett County

Father, 10-year-old son shot by teen trying to steal bike from garage, police say

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A teen suspect was arrested in Snellville on Thursday morning following an attempted robbery and shooting -- and only Channel 2 Action News has video showing police capturing the suspect.

Police said it all started before 7 a.m. when officers were patrolling on Summer Wood Drive because of a recent car break-in.

They spotted a suspicious car and tried to pull it over, but the two occupants got out and ran.

About 30 minutes later, officers responded to a shooting call on Countyside Way, about half a mile down the road. They found the homeowner and his 10-year-old son shot.

The homeowner told police that prior to the shooting, he found someone in his garage trying to steal a bike.


After confronting the stranger, the man said the burglar revealed he had a gun and shot him in the leg before running away. The bullet also grazed the victim's 10-year-old son.

Surveillance video shows that around 9 a.m., a K-9 tracked the alleged shooter, identified as 17-year-old Jacobi Chomicki, to a neighbor's SUV parked behind Lenora Road. Police said he was one of the people who ran from officers responding to the car break-in earlier in the morning. He was taken into police custody.

"It was scary because I don't know what's going to happen," Gerardo Valdez said.

Valdez and his wife, Julia Paces, gave Channel 2's Christian Jennings the surveillance video from behind their home. "We didn't know what's going on, what happened, and they told us to go back in the house."

The victims' injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. They are recovering at home.

Police said they are still looking for the second suspect who took off running.