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Man found slain, girlfriend critically injured after their abduction in DeKalb

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A 23-year-old man was found shot to death and his girlfriend critically injured on a street in northwest Atlanta Saturday morning. And police said the couple were found after being abducted from a home hours earlier in DeKalb County.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim but said they instructed not to release his name. Police also have not released the identity of the woman.

Officers found the couple shortly after 6 a.m. at 175 Ridge Ave. after getting a report of two people shot, according to Atlanta police. The man was already dead and the woman was transported to Gray Memorial Hospital where she was listed in critical condition, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

So far, both investigators in DeKalb and Atlanta said they don’t have a motive for the crime nor do they have a suspect. They are also trying to determine the details surrounding the abduction, the shooting and the hours in between before they were found.

The couple, who police say may have been returning from getting something to eat, arrived at the home on Colleen Court in DeKalb around 12:30 a.m., DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They never made it inside.

Assailants dressed in black confronted the couple before they got to the front door, Fore told the paper. A witness told police the pair was taken at gunpoint, handcuffed and put in a van before being driven away, Fore said.

Hours later the two were found in Atlanta. It’s unclear where they were shot. A witness said she saw the man lying in the street with no shoes, according to Channel 2 Action News. Both people were shot in the head. Police believe they were shot at the site, but they are not yet sure at what time, the new station reported.

“We are having a hard time making sense of it,” Fore told the AJC. “Detectives are talking to family and friends and trying to gather information on why this may have taken place. Right now it is all under investigation.”