Police are seeking a gunman after a young boy was shot in his home in Fairburn late on Tuesday. It happened just before midnight at a home on Hassana Lane.
Police say someone drove up and began shooting into the house. Ahijah Geffard, 8, was hit by the gunfire in the back while sleeping in his bed. They say they do not know if the attack was random or targeted.
Geffard's grandmother, Pamela Phillips, said she had arrived home from work at around 11:30 p.m. and saw the boy's 10-year-old sister screaming. That's when she found out the boy had been shot. She said they thought the neighborhood was safe but now plan to move as soon as they can.
Police say six shots were fired, and that there was the sound of a car speeding away. They say no one got any kind of description of the car.
"It is my understanding neighbors did hear. Unfortunately, we are still looking for someone who might have seen the vehicle, gotten a tag number, have a description of someone we can start on," said Sgt. Scott McBride of Fulton County police.
Geffard was rushed to Grady Hospital. He was later transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Phillips said his condition is stable, and that he is alert and energetic as of Wednesday afternoon. Police say the bullet broke a couple of the boy's ribs but is expected to make a full recovery.
Police say several other family members who were inside the home during the shooting were not hurt. That family said they won't be sleeping in the bullet-riddled home anymore.
On Wednesday, police canvassed the neighborhood, stopping every vehicle in search of information on the shooter. Drivers said they were stunned to hear of the shooting.
"This is a peaceful neighborhood, but I mean, you see, you know, things going on, but you just don't think that someone is just going to, you know, open fire like that, especially when someone is sleeping," said Tanya Shropshire.
Police officers also went door-to-door asking every neighbor in that community if they knew anything or if they saw anything between 11:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Fulton County Police Department.