Saturday, August 9, 2008

Georgia: Teen shot breaking into Union City home, cops say

Union City, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of August 8, 2008
Teen shot breaking into Union City home, cops say

A would-be burglar got a painful surprise Friday when he tried to break into a Union City man's home, police said.

Around 4:30 p.m., the 75-year-old homeowner on Ravenwood Loop heard some noise coming from the rear of his house, Union City police spokesman George Louthe said.

"He saw his window getting wedged open," Louthe said. "He challenged the intruder, but (the intruder) kept coming through the window."

The man went for his 9 mm Glock handgun and returned to see a 17-year-old's leg straddling the window.

"He shot three times," Louthe said. "But the suspect ran."

The homeowner called 911 to report the home invasion, police said. Police did not release the name of the homeowner or the teen who was shot.

Just moments after his call, a neighbor on Ravenwood Circle — just behind the crime scene — called police to report a man shot in their back yard.

"He apparently climbed over the back fence," Louthe said of the wounded suspect.

The teen had been hit at least once, with an injury that seemed to reflect a bullet entering his leg and traveling to his groin, police said.

The suspect was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, and was listed in serious but stable condition.

Charges against the teen are pending.

The Fulton County District Attorney's office will decide whether to charge the homeowner, Louthe said.

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