Police: 5 men put gun to grandmother’s head, shoot her grandson

Five men kicked in the door of a southwest Atlanta home Tuesday morning, shooting a man in the hip and putting a gun to his grandmother’s head before escaping with about $900.

The incident marks at least the second violent home invasion in the city in just over a week.

About 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, five men with bandanas covering their faces forced their way into the home on the 300 block of Tarragon Way and demanded money, Atlanta police said. A 32-year-old man living at the home told authorities he was subsequently “beaten, kicked and then shot” in the hip.

His 75-year-old grandmother was also home at the time.

“She said that she was not injured but one of the suspects put a gun to her head and ordered her to stay in the bedroom,” the police incident report said.

The suspects left in a red sedan, the grandmother told police. The grandson was taken to a hospital, where he was believed to be in stable condition.

No arrests have been made, and police say the motive was robbery.

No one was at the home — two doors down from a daycare center, on an otherwise residential street just south of I-20 — on Tuesday afternoon.

Neighbor Victoria McKibbin said trouble in nearby areas isn’t uncommon, but her stretch of Tarragon Way is mostly filled with elderly folks with longtime ties to the neighborhood.

McKibbin said the grandmother is a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital.

“At one point,” the neighbor said, “I felt like it was a safe place to be.”

The incident in southwest Atlanta comes nine days after another highly publicized home invasion in the city.

On Aug. 16, Michael Lash was shot in both legs as his wife ran from their northwest Atlanta home with their infant daughter. The alleged shooter in that case has been arrested, but at least three other suspects remain at large.

On Monday, the Lashes appeared on “Good Morning America” to tell their version of the events.

Anyone with information in either case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or crimestoppersatlanta.org.

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