Paralegal shot, killed while playing music with friends in DeKalb

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Joanna Steed, 43, was inside a house playing music in a downstairs room with friends when a bullet pierced the window and struck her in the head.

An Atlanta paralegal was killed Wednesday night when gunmen fired two shots into a home while she played music with friends, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Joanna Steed and a group of friends were practicing music in the lower level of the Decatur home when two bullets pierced through the window, the station reported.

One of the bullets hit Steed, 43, in the head. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she died.

Her longtime friend, Lindsay Haigh, said she was shocked by the “senseless” shooting.

“It's just something you certainly don't plan for,” Haigh told Channel 2. “But when it happens, you don't know what to do next. You can't put one foot in front of the other.”

Steed worked as a paralegal and assistant manager at Bates & Bates law offices in downtown Atlanta.

“She was a consummate professional, who was very much dedicated to her job, and cared about all of our clients,” John Bates, a partner at the firm, told Channel 2.

Police are searching for a car that was spotted in the cul-de-sac of the Shannon Ridge Court home, according to Channel 2.

“She was a family member to us,” Bates said, “and our hearts certainly go out to her family.”

Investigators told Channel 2 they believe there was more than one shooter, but they don’t  have a motive yet. DeKalb police are offering a $2,500 reward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

“I hope they find some information to get these people and bring them to justice,” Haigh said. “... Her family and her friends, they all need peace.”

In other news:

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A DeKalb teen was arrested after driving more than 100 mph on I-285, police said. Antonio Wilson, 18, is one of three charged with the 2017 shooting death of Tre Griffin. He was released in May on a $90,000 bond. Doraville police said last Thursday, around 10 p.m., Wilson was spotted weaving between cars on I-285. According to police, he was driving a stolen car with the back glass busted out.