‘It sounded like a machine gun’: South Fulton home riddled with bullets in retaliation shooting

Less than 36 hours after two teens were killed and another was injured in a shooting in South Fulton, someone returned to the same neighborhood early Wednesday and opened fire on a home.

“There were around 20 shell casings that were found,” South Fulton police Detective Partrena Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We have reason to believe that the shooting occurred in retaliation to yesterday’s shooting.”

A home in the 5600 block of One Lake Way was riddled with bullets in retaliation for a triple shooting that left two teens dead and another injured, South Fulton police said. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Smith did not say what led investigators to reach that conclusion or why the shooter targeted the home in the 5600 block of One Lake Way about 6:30 a.m. 

“We don’t have any information in reference to someone being inside of the home,” she said.

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The home is less than a quarter-mile from the scene of Tuesday’s triple shooting in the 2900 block of Two Lakes Circle that killed Tyree Johnson, 19, of College Park, and Grant Antonio Payton, 16, of Riverdale. A 15-year-old boy survived the shooting and is stable. His name has not been released.

No one is in custody in connection with the incidents.

Homeowners, already on edge, were visibly shaken after waking up Wednesday to more gunfire.


“It sounded like a machine gun,” one resident told Channel 2 Action News. “It was that many shots going off.”


Police are still in the neighborhood.

Smith urged residents in the area “to be vigilant and to report any information to police they believe that is suspicious.”

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