Two people were shot Wednesday morning at a south DeKalb County apartment complex — and police believe the motive was retaliation.
The shooting happened around 9:20 a.m. at the Aspen Woods Apartment Homes at 3379 Flat Shoals Road. But police said it stem from an argument that happened almost two hours earlier at a nearby bus stop.
Around 7:30 a.m., officers responded to break up an argument involving several juveniles, DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore said.
“It had to do with bullying,” Capt. Fore said. Hours later, they received a call of a person being shot in that same area.
Officers arrived to find two victims, a 17-year-old who had been shot in the hand and a 21-year-old who had been shot in the abdomen, Capt. Fore said. Both were transported to Grady Memorial Drive.
The suspect had fired about three shots at four people from a dark SUV and then drove away, he said. Police believe the suspect is a family member whose relative was being bullied. But they don’t believe he was involved in the argument at the bus stop.
Police had set up a perimeter around the shooting scene, which is near the intersection of Flat Shoals and Candler roads, just south of The Gallery at South DeKalb mall.
Mr. Victor Willis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the victims are his cousins.
“A car pulled up with two people and one of them had a gun,” Mr. Willis told the paper.
“They drove around in the apartments and they got out and they started shooting,” he said. “I don’t know who they were shooting at, they were just shooting.”
Willis said that when the gunfire rang out, “I just rode the other way on my bike.”
Nearby Flat Shoals Elementary School was placed on lock down as a precaution while police searched for the gunman, Capt. Fore said.