• Police hope sketch, surveillance video will generate leads in home invasion, shooting

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    ATLANTA - Police have released new surveillance video of a group of teens running away from a home that investigators say they busted into, terrorizing a family inside.
     
    One of the homeowners said the four teens broke into the home, shot the husband in the leg twice and then shot at his wife as she was running away with their 6-month-old in her arms.
     
    Atlanta police also released a sketch of the accused gunman they want to find.
     
    The incident happened on Sumter Street in northwest Atlanta Sunday.
     
    Atlanta police say at the end of the surveillance video the suspects appear to be running from the home. They say the men had just shot homeowner Mike Lash.
     
    Police say those suspects also shot at his wife, Whitney Lash, while she was running from the home, holding the couple's baby in her arms.
     
    “I just ran outside with my baby. There's a black young man at the front door. He just pulled a gun on my husband,” Whitney Lash said during a call to 911.
     
    Police believe the suspect pictured in a sketch released Wednesday pretended to need help, then pulled a gun on Mike Lash.
     
    Investigators said Mike Lash scuffled with the man, trying his best to prevent them from getting to his family inside.
     
    "Mike's words are still echoing in my mind as he was bleeding profusely and in excruciating pain on our floor. The amazing police and EMT were working on him while he was proclaiming Luke 23:34 'Forgive them Father, they know not what they have done,’” Whitney Lash wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help the family.

    Whitney's father Tim posted an update as well saying:

    "Mike made some painful but significant progress yesterday taking his first few steps using a walker. One of his legs is doing very well because the bullet passed through that thigh without hitting bone or artery. He has some serious nerve damage in the other leg which will require many months of physical therapy. Mike should be released from Grady this week and he and his family will be living with Jessica and me in Vinings while we sort things out.

    "Don Henley has a song called "In A New York Minute" that talks about how life can change in an instant. We all have plans, as we should. But my lesson in this tragedy is to be more fully present in each moment....because we have no guarantee of tomorrow. Let's help each other make the most of today."

    Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. You can also submit a tip online.

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