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Police: Duluth shooter acted in self-defense in attack

DULUTH -- Investigators have determined a man who shot another man in the face Tuesday at a Duluth apartment complex was legally carrying a firearm for protection and acted in self-defense.

The intended victim, Demarcus Fisher, 24, visited the Landmark at Bella Vista Apartments on Satellite Boulevard about 2 p.m. to gather information about renting an apartment. Fisher accidentally pulled into an area of the complex's parking lot with no outlet and, while turning around, the suspect approached and pointed a handgun in Fisher's open driver-side window, police said.

Fisher carried a handgun of his own in the vehicle. He quickly grabbed the weapon and fired several times, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

"When the suspect fell away from his vehicle, Fisher quickly drove away, fearing he would be shot at," Smith said.

Fisher returned to his job in Suwanee and immediately notified his manager of what had happened. They contacted police and cooperated fully, Smith said.

Detectives have determined the injured man was the primary aggressor, and that Fisher legally carried his handgun.

Police responding to shots fired calls found the suspect, identified only as a 21-year-old man from Duluth, lying in the parking lot with a gunshot to the face. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

Police withheld the suspect's identity Thursday, citing the ongoing investigation.

His motive for approaching Fisher's vehicle hasn't been specified.