NORCROSS — A few minutes into the 911 call, there was a bang. After many more seconds of silence, Omar Killingbeck returned to the phone.
“Hello?” the emergency operator asked. “They made it in the house sir?”
“Um, no,” Killingbeck responded calmly. “They opened up the window and I shot at them and now they drove off.”
Killingbeck had been sitting inside his home on Greenway Road, near Satellite Boulevard in unincorporated Norcross, Thursday morning when a pair of burglars attempted to enter his home. When one — now identified as 22-year-old Tajh Guillont — crawled through the window, he shot him in the face.
Guillont, convicted on felony burglary charges in 2009 and released from state prison about six months ago, was later dumped at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth by his co-conspirator. A day later, he was recovering and being monitored by police.
The second suspect, though, remains a mystery.
On Thursday afternoon, Gwinnett County police released hospital surveillance photos of a man that matched Killingbeck’s vague description on the 911 call: a black male with dreadlocks. The timing matched up as well, but authorities no longer believe the man pictured was the burglar in question.
“The second suspect has not yet been identified,” police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Friday. “The person in the surveillance pics has been ID’d and provided a statement to investigators. We don’t believe he’s the second person that was at the residence.”
Both suspects reportedly fled the initial scene in a black passenger car. That vehicle was later located at an apartment complex near GMC-Duluth.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the second suspect to call GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Police are not sure if he is armed, and anyone encountering him should call 911.
Killingbeck was unharmed in the incident and is not facing criminal charges.