Police seek leads in kidnapping of DeKalb pair found shot in Atlanta

A new mother remained on life support Wednesday as DeKalb County and Atlanta police try to find the people who kidnapped and shot her and then shot and killed her 24-year-old boyfriend early Saturday.

Police think the attack on Jeronta Brown and 21-year-old Briana Brooks was targeted

“The motive and all that is still under investigation. It does not appear to be a random act,” DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday.

He said the couple was confronted around 12:30 a.m., as they got out of a car and before they got to the front door of a house on Colleen Court. Their armed attackers were dressed in black but police are still not sure of how many were there.

Brown’s 14-year-old sister was outside, holding Brown’s and Brooks’ 8-month-old daughter, when the couple was taken. She heard the men say they were FBI and saw them handcuff Brown and Brooks and force them into a brown van that sped away.

Later, a ransom call was made to Brown’s family, asking for $150,000, according to police. The call came from Brown’s cell phone, police said.

Then about four hours after the couple was taken, the two were found 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta on Ridge Avenue. Both were shot in the head.

Brooks, on life support at Grady Hospital, gave birth to a daughter, who was not due for two months.

DeKalb police are investigating the kidnapping while Atlanta police are investigating the homicide and the assault on Brooks.

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