Man shot at same DeKalb motel that was scene of earlier shootings

There have been at least three shootings at the Economy Hotel since April. One of them was fatal.

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There have been at least three shootings at the Economy Hotel since April. One of them was fatal.

A man was shot Tuesday night at the same DeKalb County motel that was the scene of at least two other shootings earlier this year.

The latest incident at the Economy Hotel in the 1900 block of Glenfair Road occurred shortly before midnight.

When a man in his 30s heard a knock at his door and opened it, the person on the other side started shooting, DeKalb police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent said Wednesday in a news release.

The man quickly closed the door, but the gunman shot through it, hitting the man multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

The gunman has not been identified, but a preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was the result of an attempted robbery, Vincent said.

More than seven months ago, Thedarious Mitchell was shot and killed at the same location. Christopher Sellers, 41, is still wanted on a murder charge in connection with the April 2 shooting.

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Christopher Sellers

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Just weeks later, two off-duty DeKalb police officers were working security at the motel when a man with an “obviously counterfeit” license plate drove through the parking lot at a high rate of speed in a stolen vehicle, according to officials.

The officers stopped the driver, who produced a handgun and fired several rounds at them about 12:30 a.m. April 27, the GBI said in a statement.

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The officers returned fire, striking the driver, later identified as Jakil Kquame Gray, 25, of Atlanta. He was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.

Online records indicate he was booked into the county jail May 22 on multiple charges, including aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a felony and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

The officers were not hit by the gunfire, but one sustained a “minor injury” during the encounter, the GBI said.