Man paralyzed trying to save kidnapped girlfriend in DeKalb

Man paralyzed trying to save kidnapped girlfriend in DeKalb

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In a chaotic scene, DeKalb County police believe, a woman was kidnapped after trying to use counterfeit money to buy marijuana, leading to a shooting that paralyzed her boyfriend from the waist down as he tried to save her. A 17-year-old boy who happened to be walking by was also shot in the jaw.

Documents released Friday detail the case.

It started around 11 p.m. Saturday when the woman went alone to a “drug house” on Brenda Ann Drive outside Lithonia. A customer of the boyfriend, who is a tattoo artist, gave her the fake cash.

She soon called her boyfriend, who was at a home a few blocks away.

“They’re holding me hostage,” she said.

The boyfriend called police. He then started walking down the road, trying to find the house where the woman was held.

His girlfriend’s car pulled up.

“Where is she?” he yelled. “I called the police.”

A man emerged from the passenger’s side, with both hands on a gun, and started shooting.

Bullets hit the boyfriend’s chest, stomach and spine. 

The 17-year-old boy was hit in the jaw, leg and toe.

The shooter and the driver fled.

Julius McBride, 27, of Lithonia was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and unlawfully possessing an AK-style rifle, because he’s a convicted felon. The second suspect hasn’t been arrested.

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