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Police continue to investigate shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - It may be the end of the week before investigators decide whether a homeowner who shot a burglar will face criminal charges.

Police interviewed the homeowner, 27-year-old Ronald Ramsey, for the second time on Wednesday. He was cooperating fully with the investigation, said Detective S.K. Shaw of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Detectives were waiting before making a decision for crime scene investigators to finish processing a sport utility vehicle the suspect was driving, Shaw said.

Authorities would also like to speak to the suspect, 17-year-old Alrazi Basher; however, he was sedated and recovering from surgery Wednesday at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Shaw said.

Police believe Basher was shot once in the torso on Tuesday after Ramsey returned home to find the teenager in the process of burglarizing his house on Oakland Walk Court. Ramsey's 3-year-old twins were in the car with him when he pulled up and saw Basher heading toward a white Ford Expedition that was parked on the street, Shaw said.

Ramsey grabbed a gun that was in his car and fired several shots, one which struck Basher and several others that damaged the stolen Ford Expedition the teen allegedly drove there, Shaw said. Ramsey had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Despite being injured, Basher reportedly managed to climb into the Expedition and flee to a friend's townhouse several miles away.

Residents of that townhouse on Waverly Hills Drive called 911 after they opened the door to find the wounded teenager on their doorstep, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.