As the teens — one 15 years old and the other two 16 years old — approached the Conyers home, one resident fired back and hit all three suspects, the sheriff’s office said.
One teen died at the scene, and the other two died at a hospital, officials said, adding that none of the victims of the attempted robbery were injured. No charges have been filed, the sheriff’s office said.
According to WSB-TV, two of the suspects in the 4 a.m. incident were brothers. And following the incident, a group related to one of the suspects gathered near the scene and told the station the teens didn’t deserve to die.
“He didn’t have to kill them,” one female told WSB.
A male in the group added to the station: “That’s not how it’s supposed to go. I understand one shot to stop the people, the victims or whatever — but aggressively to shoot these little teens, that’s … overkill. That’s too much to handle.”
But neighbor Asteria Williams seemed to vouch for the homeowner’s character.
“He’s a nice, caring dude,” she told WSB. “If they would’ve knocked on his door and asked for anything, he would’ve gave to them. He’s a nice dude.”