CONYERS, Ga. (WXIA) – Three masked teenagers were killed in a shootout with a homeowner outside an Atlanta-area home early Monday.
According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened just after 4 a.m. in Conyers as three teens were apparently attempting to rob three people in a front yard.
The sheriff’s office said the teens, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old, were killed during an exchange of gunfire.
Family members identified two of the teens as brothers Isaiah Reid, 16, and Jaime Hernandez, 15.
“They was loving, they was brothers,” said LaShawn Thornton, their aunt, Monday evening, speaking of how close they were to each other.
The Rockdale County sheriff said the incident could “possibly” be a Stand Your Ground or self-defense case. The sheriff’s office has specified the teens were shot outside and the incident was not an invasion.
Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett also said the three teens were wearing masks.
“When deputies arrived they did discover masks on the young men. Again, that rose our suspicion,” Levett said. “So now we are out in the communities, speaking with witnesses, speaking of course with the homeowner involved.”
Rockdale County deputies were able to later determine that one of the attempted robbery suspects brandished a gun and fired shots at the residents, but one of the intended victims returned fire.
One of the teens was dead at the scene, while two were transported to a hospital where they later died.
According to Levett, there were two weapons found at the scene and investigators were trying to determine who they belonged to.
He said there were two other individuals in the home with the homeowner at the time of the incident, an adult woman and an unidentified third person. He said he didn’t know if a child was present.
The sheriff indicated the homeowner was already outside when the incident began. None of the residents were hurt.
“Of course they are distraught, and so we’re trying to sort out what they saw, what they know,” Sheriff Levett said.
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