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UPDATED: Two Shot In Grant Park, Chosewood Park

Atlanta police investigating if incidents are related.

Update Aug. 17, 4:30 p.m.: An Atlanta Police Department spokesman tells East Atlanta Patch investagators are still reviewing the case and he reiterates the cases may be related but that no charges have been filed.

Atlanta police are investigating two early morning shootings that occurred Friday in Grant Park and Chosewood Park.

In the Grant Park shooting, which occurred in the 800 block of Boulevard, at about 5:30 a.m., officers found the victim lying on his back in the hallway of his home, yelling for help.

He had gunshot wounds to his left thigh, right thigh and left wrist.

The victim, who was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and is listed in stable condition, told police he was leaving to go to school, when a slender-built man wearing dark jeans and light-colored patterned shirt, attempted to rob him.

The robber, who also wore his hair in braids and had an orange bandanna, was hiding in the bushes near the front door. As the victim was leaving his home, the robber, jumped over the porch railing and pounced.

The victim tried to retreat back into the safety of his home, but the gunman followed and opened fire, according to police. Neighbors told police they heard a series of shots, six in succession. That seemed to support the multiple shell casings police found on the floor leading from the front door to the end of the hallway, where they found the victim.

The victim's housemate, hearing the fracas and screams, came out and fired a shot at the gunman with .22 caliber gun, but it was unclear if he hit the would-be robber, police said.

Moments later, just before 6 a.m., a man with a gunshot wound to the stomach, came to the Chevron gas station at Boulevard and McDonough Boulevard in Chosewood Park, a few miles south of the Grant Park incident.

Though he gave police two different versions of how and where he was shot, he matched the description of the robber given by the victim and his housemate, police said.

Police noted this second shooting victim, who also was taken to Grady, had a pair of handcuffs on him.

Officials are still investigating; no charges have been filed.

The shootings comes just weeks after another Grant Park man, David McReynolds, was shot in the chest and left to die in the street over what his friends believe was over a winning Georgia Lottery ticket.

His killers remain at large, though Atlanta Police have released a video of the three people wanted for questioning.

Earlier this summer, Grant Park residents, who already pay for off-duty Atlanta Police Department security patrols to supplement regular police patrols, formed a neighborhood watch group. The idea is get neighbors talking to one another, getting to know each other's regular routines and to spot when something's out of the ordinary.

Jason in GP August 17, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Ugh...this, the Beltline debacle, and Emory caught fudging their numbers. It's been a rough day in Atlanta to say the least. Let's all have a few drinks tonight and see if we can do better tomorrow. (oh, watch out Grant Park - free days at the Zoo this weekend)
Paul August 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Do we know if this was a.m. or p.m.? The story uses both.
Tori Galloway August 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I live nearby and it is my understanding it was am
jeff August 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
The cops don't do anything except for hand out parking tickets and moving violations to the people who are being terrorized by the thugs.

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