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Clayton resident killed in home-invasion robbery

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A Clayton County man was shot and killed early Friday morning during a home-invasion robbery at a College Park apartment complex, according to police.

Clayton County Police Officer Tim Owens said the 20-year-old victim's name was not being released, pending notification of family members.

Owens said authorities are not sure how the intruder entered the unit, at the Poplar Springs Apartments complex, at 306 Dayna Drive. The incident occurred around 12:40 a.m.

Owens said a woman who lived at the apartment told police she was sitting on the couch and looked up and saw a masked man.

"He had a gun and started looking for money, and apparently there was $70 hidden under a couch cushion," said Owens.

Owens said the male victim returned home and entered the apartment while the gunman was in the home. The two men struggled, and the victim was shot multiple times, Owens said.

The woman told police she grabbed two children and locked herself in a bedroom, Owens said. He said the gunman fled the scene with the cash.

Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner said police presence will be increased in the area. Turner asked that anyone with information in the case call Clayton County Police at (770) 477-3605.