Two arrested in burglary at homicide victim's home

Olakanmi Akinkugbe was shot around 10:30 p.m. Thursday after he pulled into the garage at his home on Eagles Crossing Lane, according to a Clayton County police report. He died later at Atlanta Medical Center.

Police were called back to the Riverdale home Friday when Akinkugbe's fiancee returned to the house and found it burglarized, police spokeswoman Officer India Smith said.

Police received a tip that two men, Diamond Joneall Allen, 26, and Robert Earl Smith Jr., 19, both of Riverdale, had broken in, stolen a flat-screen TV and computer, and pawned the items.

Smith said the stolen items were recovered at a nearby pawn shop and returned to the victim's fiancee. Allen and Smith were arrested and taken to the Clayton County Jail.

They have not been connected to the killing, Smith said.

The fiancee called police Thursday night and said her boyfriend had been shot, according to a police report.

He had left about 45 minute earlier "to go get some chicken," the report states.

Shortly before returning home, Akinkugbe called and asked a child inside the home to open the garage door.

"The juvenile then went downstairs, unlocked and then opened the garage door and went back inside the residence," the report states.

"The juvenile started heading up the stairs to the landing when she heard what she thought was the victim talking to the next door neighbor," the report continues. "The juvenile then heard the victim start to scream, and thought that the victim had slammed the garage door on his finger. The victim then came inside the residence and shouted that he had been shot."

After telling his girlfriend to call police, Akinkugbe told her "that he was going to die," according to the report.

Akinkugbe, who police said was shot in the neck and possibly in the chest,  was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he later died.

Police have not revealed a motive for the shooting.

This is the second shooting in Riverdale this week.

On Tuesday, a man was shot in the head at a QuikTrip gas station on Upper Riverdale Road -- about three miles from Eagles Crossing Lane. He was inside a car that had just pulled up at the gas pumps when two men opened fire, firing at least 10 times, police said.

He was listed in critical condition on Tuesday.

On Friday, Smith said she did not have the man's identity, condition or any information on suspects. The police report was not available, she said.

-- Staff writer Larry Hartstein contributed to this article.

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