Man shot, killed in front of wife and children

A father was killed in front of his wife and children early Thursday after someone opened fire on their car as they pulled into their DeKalb County subdivision, police said.

According to Channel 2 Action News, the victim, his wife, his two children and another adult had just arrived at the Brighton Village subdivision on Flat Shoals Road when at least three shots were fired about 4 a.m. 

DeKalb County police are investigating a deadly shooting on Flat Shoals Road. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

The man died on the scene, DeKalb police Lt. Mark Lavigne said. The others in the car were not hurt.

According to Channel 2, Thursday was the victim’s birthday.

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The gunman sped away from the scene and has not been caught. Police have not released a description of the getaway vehicle, which was last seen heading down Flat Shoals Road. 

Police were interviewing witnesses, Lavigne said.

Authorities are investigating if the incident is related to two shootings that injured two drivers in southwest Atlanta earlier in the day. 

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“It’s still preliminary, so it may not prove to be true,” Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields said, “but we absolutely are coordinating with DeKalb County to either confirm or dispel that theory.”

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