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Man entering home after security shift shot, killed at front door

Police told Channel 2 Action News a man entering his home after working a security shift was shot and killed Friday morning.       The shooting happened on Montauk Hill Drive in Buford around midnight.  

Family members told detectives they heard at least two gunshots and found the victim dead at the front door.       According to detectives, the victim was about to enter his home after working a security job. 

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"We know that he was coming home from a late evening shift at an area outside of Gwinnett County," Cpl. Michele Pihera said. 

Detectives spoke to neighbors and so far no one reported hearing anything other than gunshots.

"There were no mentions of any passerby cars," Pihera said. "We need to ultimately find out who's responsible for this crime."

Police have not released the victim's name, but said he was in his 40s.

 

Live@430am police in Gwinnett are investigating a murder after family members found the victim shot on his front porch #wsbtv pic.twitter.com/ddxgRdiPmF — Darryn Moore (@DarrynMooreWSB) November 17, 2017

 

 

Man entering home after security shift shot, killed at front door

Police told Channel 2 Action News a man entering his home after working a security shift was shot and killed Friday morning.       The shooting happened on Montauk Hill Drive in Buford around midnight.  

Family members told detectives they heard at least two gunshots and found the victim dead at the front door.       According to detectives, the victim was about to enter his home after working a security job. 

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"We know that he was coming home from a late evening shift at an area outside of Gwinnett County," Cpl. Michele Pihera said. 

Detectives spoke to neighbors and so far no one reported hearing anything other than gunshots.

"There were no mentions of any passerby cars," Pihera said. "We need to ultimately find out who's responsible for this crime."

Police have not released the victim's name, but said he was in his 40s.

 

Live@430am police in Gwinnett are investigating a murder after family members found the victim shot on his front porch #wsbtv pic.twitter.com/ddxgRdiPmF — Darryn Moore (@DarrynMooreWSB) November 17, 2017

 

 

Georgia attraction named one of best in United States

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Biltmore Estate in Asheville and Grand Ole Opry in Nashville have been named some of the trendiest in the United States.

TripAdvisor released the Seasonal Attractions Trend Index providing travelers with insight into the hottest attractions for fall, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor.

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One Atlanta-area attraction -- the Georgia Aquarium -- made the list. The website noted that visitors can "marvel at majestic aquatic animals and thousands of species of exotic fish in the country's largest aquarium."

The Georgia Aquarium includes 10 million gallons of water, filled with everything from whale sharks to jellyfish to sea dragons.

"TripAdvisor Attractions data shows that travelers have a strong interest in historic attractions this season, as well as continued interest in Southern nature and structures," said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

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The Ryman Auditorium and Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and Jackson Square in New Orleans were some of the other southern attractions to make the list.

The Grand Canyon South Rim topped the list.

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Police offer reward to find burglar who shot and killed dog

Atlanta Police are offering up a reward for the person who broke into a man's home and shot and killed his dog.

We first told you about this story back in August. The owner told us he had left home to run a quick work-related errand about five minutes away from his Southwest Atlanta home. When he came back, his front door was damaged and his televisions and computers were gone.

His 7-year-old dog, Coco, had been shot four times. Coco endured emergency surgeries but later died.

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Atlanta Police told Channel 2 Action News several pieces of physical evidence were collected from the crime scene and investigators are still actively working this case.

A reward of $2,000 is now being offered if the tip leads to an arrest.

If you have any information on who may have been responsible, please call Crime Stoppers at 404 577-TIPS (8477).

Police offer reward to find burglar who shot and killed dog

Atlanta Police are offering up a reward for the person who broke into a man's home and shot and killed his dog.

We first told you about this story back in August. The owner told us he had left home to run a quick work-related errand about five minutes away from his Southwest Atlanta home. When he came back, his front door was damaged and his televisions and computers were gone.

His 7-year-old dog, Coco, had been shot four times. Coco endured emergency surgeries but later died.

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Atlanta Police told Channel 2 Action News several pieces of physical evidence were collected from the crime scene and investigators are still actively working this case.

A reward of $2,000 is now being offered if the tip leads to an arrest.

If you have any information on who may have been responsible, please call Crime Stoppers at 404 577-TIPS (8477).

Residents address concerns after a string of crimes in their neighborhood

Residents in the city of Renaissance have had enough of the crime in the area and are making their voices heard at a town hall meeting.

The meeting comes after someone shot up a house Wednesday night, leaving a 12-year-old shot in the leg.

Mayor Bill Edwards called for the community meeting to address the issues. Residents in the area tell Channel 2's Carl Willis the meeting is long overdue.

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We're told 10 shootings have taken place in this same neighborhood in six months. Prior to this specific incident, two children were shot at during a community cook out. 

'I've heard three four gunshots in the past week," said South Fulton County resident Wafanya Donaldson.

Some would consider that a relief. Residents of Pointer Ridge and surrounding communities attended the town hall. They told Willis their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

"Who do you tell? People telling me 'do this and do that.' I've been robbed several times on Hilledale," one resident said. 

At the meeting, some offered solutions to get the community to feel at ease with reporting to the police and getting police to know the community.

"You've got the stats. You know where the high crime areas are. You've got to get out of the car and talk to people," another resident said.

Edwards said he'll work with lawmakers, community leaders and especially the police to make sure that law enforcement is keeping focus on the new city through their intergovernmental agreement.

"The agreement says you must run those departments on the same level as 2016 or better. I want to work with Fulton County to make sure that we're doing at least that." he said. The mayor also suggested stationing squad cars with license plate readers on Old National and setting up the police command center right at a local school to increase presence.   

 

“They are taking over our neighborhoods.” The Pointer Ridge subdivision is meeting with the mayor after rash of shootings. “We have had enough.” -Mayor Edwards pic.twitter.com/1kl2Mpb80E — Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) November 17, 2017

Woman recalls nightmare after car stolen with toddler still inside

A mother is describing the terrifying moments she said as she experienced while watching her toddler being driven off after thieves jumped into her car and stole it while she was pumping gas at a local gas station. 

Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez obtained exclusive video see the frantic mother chasing after the vehicle to try to save her 1-year-old son. 

“It all happened so fast,” mother Meghan Holmes said. “Everything passes in your head. My kid is in a car with a stranger and I have no idea where that car is going. I have no idea what’s going to happen to my kid.”

Her fear set in after a man stole her car Sunday around 7 p.m. while she was pumping gas.  It happened at the busy BP gas station at Ponce de Leon and Piedmont avenues in midtown Atlanta. 

“It’s like every mom’s worst nightmare,” Holmes told Jaquez.  

Police said Holmes was pumping gas when two people walked up to her and asked for directions. Seconds after arriving at the pump, two other suspects drove up in a stolen silver SUV. 

While they distracted Holmes, one of the guys got out of the vehicle and slid into hers and hit the gas. 

“I started screaming and crying,” Holmes said. 

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The only thing that relieved the mother's worry was the fact that shortly after they took her SUV, the suspects ditched it along 5th Street nearby. Police found her son unharmed. 

Now she's warning all drivers to lock their doors while at the pump. 

“In seconds, your kid could be gone, your car could be gone, anything that’s possible to drive away,” Holmes told Jaquez.

Police said they have arrested one of the suspects, but three others remain on the run.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Woman recalls nightmare after car stolen with toddler still inside

A mother is describing the terrifying moments she said as she experienced while watching her toddler being driven off after thieves jumped into her car and stole it while she was pumping gas at a local gas station. 

Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez obtained exclusive video see the frantic mother chasing after the vehicle to try to save her 1-year-old son. 

“It all happened so fast,” mother Meghan Holmes said. “Everything passes in your head. My kid is in a car with a stranger and I have no idea where that car is going. I have no idea what’s going to happen to my kid.”

Her fear set in after a man stole her car Sunday around 7 p.m. while she was pumping gas.  It happened at the busy BP gas station at Ponce de Leon and Piedmont avenues in midtown Atlanta. 

“It’s like every mom’s worst nightmare,” Holmes told Jaquez.  

Police said Holmes was pumping gas when two people walked up to her and asked for directions. Seconds after arriving at the pump, two other suspects drove up in a stolen silver SUV. 

While they distracted Holmes, one of the guys got out of the vehicle and slid into hers and hit the gas. 

“I started screaming and crying,” Holmes said. 

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The only thing that relieved the mother's worry was the fact that shortly after they took her SUV, the suspects ditched it along 5th Street nearby. Police found her son unharmed. 

Now she's warning all drivers to lock their doors while at the pump. 

“In seconds, your kid could be gone, your car could be gone, anything that’s possible to drive away,” Holmes told Jaquez.

Police said they have arrested one of the suspects, but three others remain on the run.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

$500K worth of items stolen from jewelers' car after convention

Two jewelers from metro Atlanta said they are the victims of a major theft that was caught on video.

The jewelers said they went to a convention in Miami over the weekend.

They believe they were followed from the convention site to a car dealership where they were looking at a vehicle.

While they were looking, a thief broke into their rental car and stole nearly $500,000 worth of items, including dozens of Rolex watches. Surveillance video shows the thief break into the car through the front door, pop the trunk and take the items, and then get into an SUV with another person.

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"It's very upsetting. We've been working so hard for so many years to have that kind of inventory and suddenly it's just gone," said Shan Hsu, the owner of ATI Watches in Duluth.

The other jeweler, who did not want to be identified, spoke to Channel 2's Justin Wilfon on the phone.

"I'm terrified that this happened. It's never happened to me," he said.

Miami police said they are looking for the thieves and the jewelry.

"I just hope and pray that they will catch these people," the jeweler said.

The victims said it appears their insurance will pay for few of the stolen items, but they are still working through that.

Which high school sports have the most concussions?

The prominent doctor who inspired the movie “Concussion” told Channel 2 Action News someday, parents allowing their children to play football will be considered child abuse. 

Hard hits are a part of football, and they can lead to brain injuries, including concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

CTE is a degenerative condition linked to repeated head injuries. It is only diagnosed after death by studying the brain.  

Dr. Bennett Omalu was the first doctor to discover CTE in an NFL player and his research inspired the movie “Concussion.”

Channel 2's Zach Klein went to California to meet with Omalu and look into the serious concerns about concussions in young football players. The steps being taken to protect kids, Monday on Channel 2 Action News at 5 and 6.

There has been increased concern about the dangers of football and concussions, but how does it compare to other sports?

According to an American Journal of Sports Medicine study, football has more concussions than any other sport.

The study looked at high school athletes during competitions and practices from the 2008 to 2010 school years.

According to the study, the five sports with the highest concussion rates per 10,000 athlete exposures were:

Football – 6.4%

Boys’ ice hockey – 5.4%

Boys’ lacrosse – 4.0%

Girls’ lacrosse – 3.5%

Girls’ soccer – 3.4%

According to the CDC, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes that affect thinking, sensation, language and emotion.

The CDC said about 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.

Repeated mild TBIs over an extended period can result in cumulative neurological and cognitive deficits, while repeated mild TBIs over a short period (hours, days or weeks) can be catastrophic or fatal.

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