A sketch of the alleged shooter in Sunday’s home invasion on Sumter Street in northwest Atlanta. KELLY LAWSON / GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

Sketch released, $5K reward offered in NW Atlanta home invasion

Authorities released Wednesday afternoon a sketch of the man accused of shooting a northwest Atlanta father in the legs as his wife fled their home with an infant.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch shows a black man with a piercing between his eyes.

The Lash family had just returned to their Sumter Street home Sunday evening when, according to police, two teenagers approached Michael Lash on the front porch and asked for a car jack. The teens tried to force their way into the home and shot Lash twice — once in each leg — as he tried to stop them.

Shots were also fired at Whitney Lash as she ran from the home with the couple’s 6-month-old baby, but both were unharmed.

Police said several suspects then ransacked the family’s home.

Atlanta police also released Wednesday video footage from a surveillance camera at a business across the street from the Lashes’ home. Several small, indistinguishable figures can be seen walking down the street toward the home and, a few minutes later, running in the opposite direction.

No arrests have been made in the case.

According to posts on an online fundraiser established for the family, Michael Lash remained hospitalized Wednesday following surgery to insert a rod in one of his legs.

“One of his legs is doing very well because the bullet passed thru that thigh without hitting bone or artery,” Lash’s father-in-law wrote. “He has some serious nerve damage in the other leg which will require many months of physical therapy. Mike should be released from Grady this week and he and his family will be living with Jessica and me in Vinings while we sort things out.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than $70,000 in donations had been made to the fundraising page.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 404-577-TIPS, visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org, or texting CSA and the tip to 274637. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

A $5,000 reward is being offered.

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