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Sheriff: Georgia woman hurt in shootout with home intruders

December 18, 2019 GMT

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman has been wounded in a shootout during an apparent home invasion, authorities say.

Rockdale County deputies were called to a Conyers home Tuesday night and found the woman suffering two gunshot wounds, Sheriff Eric Levett told WXIA-TV. She told authorities two men had kicked down her front door, and she took cover in her bedroom before they kicked down that door as well.

That’s when shots were fired, though it’s unclear who fired first, the sheriff said. The suspects fled the scene. The woman was airlifted to a hospital and one of the suspected home intruders may have been shot.

“We received a call about an hour and a half later from DeKalb County stating that they have located a male subject in the roadway that appeared to have some gunshot wounds to his person,” Levett said, noting that it wasn’t immediately clear if that man was connected to the possible home invasion.

Both the woman and wounded man were in surgery as of early Wednesday, he said, and investigators are at both hospitals.

The circumstances surrounding the attack are unclear.

“We don’t know if this house was targeted, we don’t know if she was followed or what the circumstance as to why, this what we believe, to be a home invasion occurred,” he said.

An investigation is ongoing.