Man charged in Kirkwood shooting; residents relieved

Kirkwood residents are breathing a sigh of relief now that a man has been charged with the robbing and shooting of one of their own.

Terrence Hambrick, 18, who is being held in the DeKalb County jail, has been charged with the Aug. 21 shooting of Kenneth Hagen.

Hambrick was charged with the Kirkwood shooting Thursday while being held in the DeKalb jail. He has been held in DeKalb since Sept. 2 on a probation violation.

Hagen was discharged from Grady Memorial hospital Friday, according to hospital officials.

Anna Knipfer, a mother of a 1-1/2 year old son and a resident in Kirkwood, said she feels good about the work the police have done.

“I have had full confidence that this would turn out well,” she said. “Even though they have been somewhat quiet about their developments, I knew it was just a matter of time.”

She said she found out through the Kirkwood Neighbor’s Association message board.

“Everyone is excited,” she said. “The comments from everyone else have been overwhelmingly positive.”

Sandra Mersinger, KNA president, said she walked around the neighborhood after hearing the news.

She initially stepped outside after hearing helicopters flying overhead.

“With all that has been going on, hearing the choppers made me wonder, ‘What now?’” she said.

She was relieved to see it was a news chopper.

“Everyone is letting out a big sigh of relief,” she said. “It is kind of exciting.”

The APD’s Zone 6 Investigative Unit placed the charges on Hambrick Thursday as a direct result of a Crime Stoppers tip, said APD officials.

His charges include aggravated battery, aggravated assault, as well as criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, and theft by receiving stolen property (auto).

The APD is encouraging anyone else with any information in this case or any other case to contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

“Although this case is not yet closed we are happy that we have been able to offer the family and the Kirkwood Community some closure in this case,” APD officials said in a statement.

Neither of them have had a chance to speak to Hagen and his wife. Mersinger, who reports that there is one neighbor keeping in constant contact with the family, periodically posts updates of the family to the association’s message board.

“We are kind of trying to leave them alone,” Mersinger said.