Details are still being gathered on the attempted robbery/home invasion that has led to the death of one man and left two others injured late Monday night at the Valencia apartments in Peachtree Corners. The two injured men are now in the custody of the Gwinnett County Sheriffs Department, being held in connection to the investigation.
Officials haven’t yet found out why the family who lives in the apartment were targeted, but the woman who lives there has spoken with CBS 46, and has told them that she is grateful she and her family got out unharmed.
She stated that she didn’t know the men, but said on the night in occurred she could only watch in horror with baby in arm, as her husband killed the one man, shot the other and wounded a third.
The husband told officers that he was sitting on his balcony sometime near 11 p.m. when he was approached by three to five men. After a few minutes he began to feel uncomfortable and went inside to retrieve his gun. He said that just minutes later there was a knock on his door, and standing outside was the men, one of which was holding a bat. He told investigators that they asked to come inside, and when he declined, they forced their way inside. He said he had no alternative but to start shooting, as he was afraid for his and his family’s lives.
“After our uniformed officers got here they saw a trail of blood from the victim’s apartment,” claimed Corporal Michelle Pihera of the Gwinnett County Police Department. “They followed that trail of blood to another apartment here at the Valencia apartments.”
Although the officers found no one at the apartment, they did find evidence of the attempted robbery inside. Police also received word that a gunshot victim had shown up at Gwinnett Medical Center, later identified as 32 year-old John Bush. He along with 33 year-old Saveion Bush were both immediately arrested on charges of home invasion, aggravated assault and felony murder.
The other man collapsed on the sidewalk outside the apartment with a fatal wound to the chest, and was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. His name has not been released yet, and officers believe there may be other suspects still on the run.
“I heard two shots,” claimed upstairs neighbor Jeriel Perez. He said he’s lived in the complex for three years and never felt unsafe before, but all that is now changed.
“I’m scared. I think when I moved here,” said Perez trailing off. “It’s dangerous. I have two kids. I worry about that.”
Although there are times when home invasions go bad in the other direction, it is typically from lack of training or experience. Guns can save lives, when they are in the proper hands. Safe, responsible gun ownership is the most important aspect of owning and firing firearms. I encourage everyone to at the very least, learn as much as you can about them and try a day at the range. Ignorance is bliss… education can stack the deck in your favor.