‘I have forgiven him’: Atlanta grandmother hit by gunfire has message for shooter

A 61-year-old grandmother who was shot in the chest and arm when someone opened fire on her southeast Atlanta home said she forgives the gunman.

“I want the shooter(s) to know that I have forgiven him/them because only God knows who they are and it will be God whom they will be punished by,” Cynthia Cooper said in a text message to Channel 2 Action News.

Cooper sent the text from Grady Memorial Hospital, where she has been recovering since she was shot around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, the news station reported. She told Channel 2 she was asleep with her 2-year-old granddaughter in her arms when she was shot. 

At the time, Cooper was on the couch inside her home in the 1100 block of Kipling Street, which is located just off Moreland Avenue.

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Cynthia Cooper, 61, was shot twice while sleeping in her home in southeast Atlanta last week.

No one else in the home was injured.

“I am in complete shock because I try to love everybody no matter what their lifestyle or color,” she said in the text to the news station.


Police haven’t been able to identify a suspect, but witnesses spotted a green sedan leaving the scene, Channel 2 reported. The vehicle may have even driven past the home a second time after the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers. 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.

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