Vietnam vet shot and killed as he helped niece move

Authorities say the gunman shot the 73-year-old veteran twice and then tried to kill the victim's brother.

Vietnam veteran Otha Orr and his brother were helping their niece move out of her southwest Atlanta apartment Thursday when relatives say the woman’s boyfriend started an argument and grabbed a gun.

“He came out and hit me in the head with the gun,” Orr’s brother, Edmund, told Channel 2 Action News. “And then them and my brother were struggling with the gun.”

Orr, 73, of Marietta, lost the struggle. Just before 11 a.m., he was gunned down in the area of Sells Avenue and Peeples Street, the news station reported. He was shot twice.

“He'd been to Vietnam,” Edmund Orr told Channel 2. “He come home to get killed.”

The alleged gunman, 57-year-old Donald Woods, surrendered hours later at an attorney’s office.

Donald Woods turned himself in after the deadly shooting of a man in southwest Atlanta. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Donald Woods turned himself in after the deadly shooting of a man in southwest Atlanta. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

He was in the Fulton County Jail on Friday on murder and aggravated assault charges, according to online jail records.

Woods waved his first appearance hearing Friday, Fulton sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said. He is due in court again at 9:30 a.m. July 14.

No bond was set, Flanagan said.

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