By Ed Brock
Two men, believed to be home invaders, were shot dead early Monday morning and police are still looking for two more suspects in the case as well as the residents who fled soon after the shootings occurred.
The police, who spent all day Monday trying to sort out the bizarre incident, have no information on a youth seen running from the house on Sinclair Way near Jonesboro shortly after the shooting occurred between 2 and 2:40 a.m.
Just as mysterious as the reason for the shooting is the fact that the occupants of the home packed up and left minutes after the shooting happened.
Police had not identified the two dead men late Monday. The names of the occupants of the house were also not known.
The occupants of the house are two men, a woman and at least one child, Clayton County Police Capt. Tim Robinson said. They are believed to be driving a white 1998 Toyota Camry with the tag number FJ95T. A black or dark colored Jeep Cherokee may have gone with them and neighbors said they had seen a burgundy SUV at the house before.
The two suspects are thought to be driving a white SUV.
Police initially responded to a call for gunshots fired in the area around 2 a.m. but found nothing. Around 2:40 a.m. they came again in response to a ?person down' call and at the front door of the house they found one of the dead men, according to a police report.
The other man was found in the kitchen of the house, wearing a ski mask with a gun under his leg. The man outside was wearing black gloves.
A witness who lives across the street told police that he heard gunshots and looked outside to see a Hispanic woman and a small child get into a car in the driveway of the house. The witness said he then saw a Hispanic man bring two other children to the car and then make several trips back and forth putting things in the car.
That witness also said he saw a black youth around 13 or 14 years old leave the house and run away shortly after the witness heard the gunshots. Robinson said he had no information on that youth or how he is involved in the incident.
Another neighbor who asked that her name not be used heard the gunshots and went to the window.
"I saw a guy running to the car. I think it was a robber," said the woman, adding that about 10 minutes later the other people in the home came out and left.
The woman said she couldn't sleep after witnessing the event.
"I was shocked because it was so vivid," the woman said.
Todd Ogletree, who lives next door to the house, said he barely knew his next door neighbors and that they had only been there for about a month. Ogletree said he thought they were renting the house. Originally there was only two men living in the home, Ogletree said, but later the woman and perhaps two children came to live there.
Ogletree also said he was at work when the shooting happened and his wife and children slept through the whole thing.
"They didn't hear anything," Ogletree said.
Around 2 p.m. a flatbed tow truck arrived and investigators removed a blue mini-van with Nebraska plates from the garage of the house. The van was loaded onto the tow truck and taken away.
Ogletree said he'd seen the van once before and that the woman and children may have come in it.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also helping in the investigation.
No charges have been filed against anyone as police try to sort it all out.