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Warrant issued in double shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police said the ex-husband is to blame in an apparent domestic incident Friday morning that left him and his ex-wife in critical condition.

Friday afternoon arrest warrants were issued for Derrick Alson Pink, 53, accused of shooting his 48-year-old ex-wife, Joy Pink, several times in their 1732 Cagle Court home. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The couple were reportedly still living at the home, though court records show their divorce was finalized in May 2008. Joy Pink filed a dispossessory warrant - an eviction action - in November 2008, which was granted by a judge, records show. An affidavit for failure to comply was filed on Feb. 4, 2009.

At about 7:30 a.m. Friday, Gwinnett police were dispatched to the residence on what they described as an "aggravated domestic" call. Officers immediately notified the Gwinnett County Fire Department when, upon their arrival, they noticed heavy smoke and flames on the second floor.

According to reports, an officer forced his way into the home, after seeing a man lying on the floor inside, and was able to pull Derrick Pink - who had suffered a gunshot wound - outside to safety.

The officer heard a woman on the second floor, but was unable to go upstairs because of the smoke.

Moments later, fire crews arrived and removed Joy Pink, who had also been shot.

Both subjects were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with what Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge called "life-threatening injuries," where they remain in critical but stable condition.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said the exact motive and circumstances of the shooting and fire are still under investigation.