Briscoe shooter released from hospital, arrested in beating of wife

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The man who shot himself last week during what police called an averted workplace shooting has been released from the hospital and arrested.

On the morning of May 2, a family member of 51-year-old Mulugeta Ejigu called police and said the man told him "he had just killed his wife and wanted to kill himself." Reportedly upset about financial woes stemming from a gas station he had purchased near Briscoe Field, Ejigu intended to kill employees there, the family member believed.

A Gwinnett County police officer found Ejigu at the business -- Hewatt Enterprises on Briscoe Boulevard near the airport -- and gave the man verbal commands, but Ejigu shot himself in the face, police said at the time.

At around the same time, police were investigating Ejigu's home on the 600 block of Sunnyside Drive in Lawrenceville. His wife was not dead, but badly injured.

According to an incident report and arrest warrant obtained Wednesday by the Daily Post, Ejigu beat his wife "over the head with a dumbbell."

The woman, 52-year-old Abeba Belete, was on the floor "covered in blankets ... (with) a puddle of blood on the floor behind her head." She was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center and was expected to survive.

Ejigu, meanwhile, was also transported to the hospital. He recovered from his injuries and was arrested Tuesday and charged with a single count of aggravated assault, Gwinnett County Jail records show.

Ejigu is being held without bond.

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