NORCROSS -- An 8-year-old boy was shot in the head and later died following an apparent attempted robbery at a Lilburn apartment complex Friday afternoon.
Andrae Brooks and his father came from Doraville for the father to get his hair cut at a unit in the Madison Ridge Apartments complex off Indian Trail-Lilburn Road. Just after 4 p.m., police said, an armed man entered the apartment and opened fire while a partner watched from outside.
"After entering the apartment, (the armed suspect) confronted the four people inside, three adult males and one juvenile," said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly. "He instructed them to lay on the floor. During the course of that interaction, some shots were fired by the home-invading robber, and one of these shots struck the child in the head."
Police and witnesses described the suspects only as two adult black men of medium build that were approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall. It was unknown whether the suspects had any connection either with the boy and his father or the other two men present in the apartment.
One of the other men present at the scene was questioned by police. The second did not remain on the scene and was wanted for questioning but not suspected in the incident "that I know of," Kelly said.
Neighbor Tiffany Walker said residents of the complex typically keep to themselves but are friendly and very rarely cause trouble.
"They're nice people, I've never had a problem with them," she said. "They always say hello. So for this to happen is just a big surprise. This is a tragedy. I just wish stuff like this didn't happen."
The boy was transported to a nearby Publix parking lot before being airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he died late Friday night. The shot that hit him was believed to be accidental, police said.
Madison Ridge Apartments is the same complex where police and U.S. Marshals tracked down a 4-year-old boy who had been kidnapped from his Cobb County home in February.
"It's ridiculous," Walker said. "I'm considering moving but we'll just have to see how that goes. I'd rather be safe than sorry. My brothers and sisters come around here, my nieces and nephews. You never know what's going to happen. The little boy was just there while his dad was getting his hair cut and he gets shot."