South Fulton homeowner wounds suspected burglar in gunfight

An attempted home burglary resulted in a shootout at a south Fulton County home that left a suspected burglar critically wounded Tuesday.

A homeowner on Diann Drive said burglars kicked in his front door after he declined to answer their incessant knocking around 11:45 a.m., Detective Melissa Parker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The homeowner and the suspected burglars then exchanged what sounded like 40 shots to neighbors. The homeowner thought he wounded one suspect and police found a man “shot multiple times” in woods near the home, Parker said.

The man was in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital on Tuesday and detectives have not been able to interview him, Parker said. Police are looking for additional suspects, Parker said.

Some neighbors spoke with the homeowner after the shooting, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“He said a lady knocked first,” a neighbor told Channel 2. “Then after he didn’t go to the door, they kicked the door in…. They came in his house.”

That neighbor said she heard the shooting as she was trying to take a nap, Channel 2 reported.

“As soon as I laid down, I heard about 30 to 40 shots,” she said.

The wounded man and his cohorts tried to escape in a car but crashed into a hedge and fled on foot, police said.

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