A man in a wheelchair was shot several times in a shootout with intruders who broke into his home early Thursday morning in Fairburn.
Investigators said three masked men broke through the back door of the home and entered the bedroom of the 40-year-old man, demanding cash.
The resident grabbed a gun and got into a shootout with the intruders, police spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bazydlo said.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot multiple times, but was able to go to his uncle’s bedroom and ask him to call 911.
The uncle had hid in his bedroom closet after hearing the backdoor crash and the shooting, Sgt. Bazydlo said.
The wounded man was alert while being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and police said he was in stable condition.
The victim began using a wheelchair after he was shot in a prior incident, Sgt. Bazydlo said. But the sergeant did not have the details on that incident.
The suspects escaped in a vehicle parked one street over after reportedly taking the man’s cell phone.
The victim told investigators that he thought he shot one of the intruders, but he wasn’t sure, police said.
Officers have alerted the local hospitals to notify them in case a man shows up with a gunshot wound.
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