2 children injured in separate shootings less than 2 miles apart

Police are investigating two shootings involving two children after a violent night in DeKalb County.

Officers were on the scene of the first shooting at the Aspen Woods apartments in the 3300 block of Flat Shoals Road when the second call came in about 5:30 a.m. reporting a shooting on Citrus Court, according to DeKalb police. The crime scenes are less than two miles apart.

In the first, an 8-year-old boy was hit in the chin when bullets started flying at the apartment complex. Police were called to that scene about 4 a.m. Monday. A woman told officers the injured boy was her grandson, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

“To my knowledge, he has been released from the hospital,” assistant chief Tony Catlin told AJC.com.

The second shooting scene is in the 3100 block of Citrus Court.

A child is loaded into the back of an ambulance after an early Monday morning shooting in the 3100 block of Citrus Court in DeKalb County. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Two people, a mother and her young son, were taken to the hospital with “serious injuries,” Catlin said. Both were shot multiple times.

At this point, investigators do not think the two shootings are connected.

“We believe this is going to be an isolated incident,” Catlin said of the Citrus Court shooting. “We believe the victims know the assailant. We’re in the process right now of identifying that subject.”

Two small children were also in the Citrus Court home when their mother and brother were shot. Officers are caring for the children, including an infant, while they try to locate their relatives.

DeKalb police officers prepare a bottle for a baby after the child's mother and older brother were shot multiple times inside their Citrus Court home Monday morning. Both were seriously injured, according to police. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM.

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The relationship of the shooter to the woman was not known.

Detectives are now canvassing both crime scenes to look for witnesses and collect evidence. At Aspen Woods, investigators believe there was some kind of shootout, but that has not been confirmed, Catlin said.

The conditions of the victims were not immediately known.

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Channel 2's Rikki Klaus reports.