Landlord shot trying to stop fight at DeKalb boarding house 

Landlord shot trying to stop fight at DeKalb boarding house 

  • Story Highlights
  • The landlord tried to stop a fight between two people, police said.
  • One of the two men fighting was a former resident.
  • Police recovered only one of the guns at the scene.

A man woke up early Monday and found his landlord and two other men shot inside the DeKalb County boarding house where he lives, according to Channel 2 Action News.

DeKalb police officers responded to the 2800 block of Monterey Drive about 12:45 a.m. and learned that the landlord and another man invited a third man to the residence, the news station reported.

DeKalb County police are investigating a shooting that injured three men. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Shortly after the 39-year-old guest arrived, an argument began, Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. The exchange escalated, and the guest and a 45-year-old man drew guns.

“Shots were exchanged and all three suffered gunshot wounds,” Robertson said.

Skip Clark, who lives at the home, said his landlord, whom he knows only as Uncle Jerome, told him he was shot trying to break up the fight, Channel 2 reported.

“He said he got shot in the stomach; they shot him in the stomach,” Clark said.

The 50-year-old landlord made it back inside and into the living room, Clark told Channel 2. 

“And when I got right there I seen two other gentlemen laying on the ground told me to call 911," Clark said.

All three were taken to a local hospital and rushed into surgery. The guest and the 45-year-old were seriously injured, but stable. The landlord was stable with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

Their names have not been released by police.

Police recovered only one of the guns on the scene. They are searching for the second gun and other evidence in the case, but told Channel 2 they know one of the men was a former housemate and the landlord was shot trying to intervene.

“The guy who manages the house tried to stop it and he got shot by mistake trying to stop it,” Clark said.

Clark told Channel 2 he’s lived in the house for only a month and wants to find a new place to live as soon as possible. 

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