Blaise and his car seat were not inside, and the family was growing frantic.
Hassan was shot about 11:40 p.m., and police arrived to a chaotic scene. Multiple people called 911, and several vehicles peeled out of the complex. Others, including the Miller siblings, stayed to speak with police.
Hassan was lying dead at the top of a stairwell, just outside his condo door. A 25-year-old resident told police Hassan had successfully chased off two men he saw standing near his Ford Escape earlier in the evening, but grabbed his gun when the men returned 15 minutes later.
The 25-year-old said he heard the confrontation but did not see the shooting, according to the report. Santana Miller told police her relatives were speaking with a downstairs neighbor, looking for Blaise, when Hassan confronted them with a gun and fired several rounds.
Both she and her brother returned fire, the woman admitted to investigators. Only Delarius Miller was arrested Wednesday, and police arrested Santana Miller four days later. They remain jailed without bond in DeKalb County.
DeKalb County police confirmed Hassan had nothing to do with Blaise’s kidnapping. The toddler was found Thursday, less than a mile from home, when a Clarkston resident went out to her driveway and spotted him inside her car. He appeared to be unharmed.
Investigators have not learned anything more about those missing 36 hours in the week since, Clarkston police Sgt. Dustin Bulcher told the AJC on Wednesday.
“We are literally in the same boat as the same day we found him,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 404-557-8956. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.