Man shoots man accused of pushing woman, 95, at storage facility

A man was shot Monday afternoon at a storage facility near Lawrenceville in what Gwinnett County police believe was an act of self-defense.

Investigators believe a 95-year-old woman and her adult son and daughter were at Public Storage on Riverside Parkway when a man in his 20s parked nearby, Cpl. Michele Pihera said. The family told police the younger man was pacing and staring as the family moved their items.

“As the family watched the male and continued moving their items, a verbal altercation occurred between the suspicious male and the family,” police said in an emailed statement. “The 95-year-old mother intervened to try and quell the situation.”

When the unnamed man shoved the older woman, her son got a gun and told the man not to assault his mother, according to police. The son shot the man once in the upper torso when the younger man advanced toward him, police said.

The injured man was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not known late Monday.

Police believe the shooting was self-defense and do not plan to file charges. But detectives were interviewing witnesses at a nearby business and reviewing video surveillance, police said.

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