Wounded man seeks help

•DULUTH - An unidentified man sought help from a police officer at QuikTrip at 3844 Satellite Blvd. on Thursday after being shot in the chest.

The victim apparently drove himself to the store about midnight and told an officer he was shot on Satellite Boulevard near Beaver Ruin Road. By the time paramedics arrived to transport him to Gwinnett Medical Center, the victim was lying on the floor conscious but no longer coherent, according to a police report.

The victim appeared to be in his mid-20s, but no other description was listed on the report. Inside his car, police found a shell casing, blood and a bullet lodged in an interior side panel.

Father calls 911, says son was sniffing paint fumes

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 17-year-old Lawrenceville man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly huffed toxic fumes from a spray paint can to get high.

Matthew Andre's father called 911, saying his son was huffing paint and attempting to kill himself. Officers found Andre sitting in an upstairs crawl space holding a plastic bag containing newspaper that had been covered in black spray paint. His mouth, face and hands were covered with black paint, and a can of black gloss enamel spray paint lay on the floor beside him, the police report said.

An officer noted it was evident that Andre was intoxicated. When ordered to exit the crawl space, Andre reportedly cursed at the officer and tried to bite him. Andre was charged with inhaling spray paint and obstructing law enforcement.

Motorist evades gunman

•NORCROSS - A 40-year-old Norcross man barely escaped being shot Thursday during a robbery attempt at Concepts 21 Apartments.

The victim was backing out of a parking space about 5:30 a.m. when he saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt with a white cloth covering his face running toward him. The man was carrying a chrome handgun and motioning for the victim to stop, according to a police report.

Instead of halting, the victim drove around the gunman and the gunman fired two shots into the victim's car as it passed by. The victim told police he didn't get a good look at the gunman in his hurry to escape.

Dogs missing from garage

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Someone stole two dogs Thursday from a home on Lazy Willow Lane.

A Lawrenceville woman told police she usually leaves her dogs in the garage every day with the garage door cracked a few inches off the ground. She returned home Thursday to find the garage door had been raised halfway and her two dogs were missing from their cages, according to a police report.

The victim found one dog in the neighborhood, but a brown basset hound named Snuggles was still missing. The woman said neighbors had complained about her dogs barking in the past, but there were no immediate suspects in the dogs' disappearance, the police report said.

- From staff reports