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Man shot to death after uninvited guests shows up at party in Stone Mountain

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A man died after being shot in the head at a party over the weekend in Stone Mountain, and DeKalb County police on Monday said they were still trying to determine who shot him and why.

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday identified the victim as Michael Phillips, 29, of Stone Mountain. He died shortly after being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital by ambulance, officials said.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Lake Apartment Homes off North Hairston Road, according to DeKalb County police. Investigators said a fight ensued after some uninvited guests arrived at the party.

“There was a fight outside and someone, we don’t know who, fired a shot and struck the victim,” police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said. He said he did not know if Phillips was involved in the fight or how many people were involved. It was also unclear if Phillips was the intended target.

Lt. Joseph Artime said Phillips was shot once in the head, according to media reports.

Several people who were present at the scene were brought in for questioning and one man was arrested for public intoxication after he kept being belligerent and aggressive, Capt. Fore said.

A resident told Channel 2 Action News that the victim’s aunt lived at the apartment complex.