Update: Georgia Tech Student Shoots "High" Home Intruder

Early Tuesday morning incident in Home Park results in confused man apparently under the influence of drugs being shot in the chest

Update 9:20 a.m. – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the man shot Tuesday morning was a confused neighbor who was under the influence of drugs and thought the home he was entering was his own.

After speaking with an Atlanta Police Department captain, the newspaper reported that the intruder apparently was “high on drugs and thought he was at his own home.”

Another APD official, Detective P.J. Roberson, said the suspect was an area resident and "actually entered two houses in the neighborhood, thinking it was his."

According to the AJC, the suspect will be charged with criminal trespassing and the student who fired the shot will not be charged. See here for more.

Original story - An intruder who broke through the window of a Home Park residence early Tuesday morning was shot by a Georgia Tech graduate student according to several news outlets.

WSB Radio reported that according to the Atlanta Police, shortly after 5:30 a.m., a man attempted to enter through a window at a Curran Street home near 10th Street. Three Tech students were asleep in the home and were awaken by the broken glass.

It was then that the first-year grad student fired a pistol and hit the intruder in the chest.

Several news outlets were reporting Tuesday that the intruder was taken to Grady hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The incident remains under investigation and this is a developing story.

Robert Miller June 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Best news I've heard all week.
John Sarine June 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Charles Bronson is a yellowjacket
Jeff K June 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
At least he was off campus and able to arm himself. Terrible ordeal for them to go through, but it's another one off the streets and these guys are safe.
JM Hurricane June 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech, and a hell of a shot— A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of a shot. AWESOME!
Marc Acampora June 26, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Darin June 26, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Turns out it was a neighbor high on drugs who thought he was breaking into his own home, not a burglar. Jesus, Home Park is a mess. What a shame -- during the day it's a really cute (in a shabby way) little neighborhood.
Tammy June 26, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Hey I just shot you...and this is crazy
JustinK June 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Except it was a drunk/high fellow student that he managed to shoot. The idiot is lucky he isn't dead but it's not like the resident cleared the streets of one of the muggers that have been hitting the area. Not too sure guns in the hands of students will have a positive effect given the 1st intruder an armed student manages to take out is another student. For all we know it could have been another face eating incident waiting to happen but it's not exactly giving me a warm/fuzzy feeling inside when you hear a student got shot no matter how high/out of his mind he was.
President Taft June 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
So, a non-violent (albeit stupid) student accidentally breaks into another students apartment, and he gets shot in the chest by a fellow student. What a wonderful world we live in. Guns for everyone! Yeah! Let's all shoot each other!
President Taft June 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Further, this article is completely negligent and the posts on here - commenting as if it were a hardened criminal breaking into a house - are ridiculous. It was a student. This is a tragedy. This is one stupid drunk kid making a mistake that may cost him his life. He has parents, and a sister, and is a member of the Georgia Tech community. And all of these speculations about whatever drugs he may or may not have been on - are simply rumors.
Michael June 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Dear President Taft, When will people ever start taking responsibility for themselves. That neighborhood is a crime-fest and if nobody has the right to bear arms then the only people with them will be criminals and it will be even worse due to easy picking. Which is pretty much how it is now. You can call the cops after an incident has already occurred or after you've been shot by someone trying to rob you. This kid is responsible for his stupidity. I'm not saying its not a tragedy but you can't demonize guns or someone with a gun trying to protect himself in a bad neighborhood. Its lack of discipline that gets people into trouble and caused this situation. If the Tech student was so smart (as most of us "claim" to be) then he would not have put himself in the situation in the first place. Common sense = something most Tech students lack.
benhoward June 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Watch over your Children, Jesus. Amen
Clicker June 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
From the AJC: "After being awakened by the breaking glass, one of the residents, a first-year graduate student at Tech, grabbed a handgun and went to investigate, Lee said. Lee said that at some point, the intruder caused the student "to believe that they were in danger, and he shot the person one time in the chest." The intruder, identified as Adam Keller, 23, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, APD spokeswoman Kim Jones said. She said Keller was "combative and had to be subdued for medical attention." Keller, who is listed in Tech's online directory as a student in the school of Materials Science and Engineering, was charged with criminal trespass and criminal damage to property. "It looks like last night, maybe our suspect was probably high on something other than alcohol," Atlanta police Detective P.J. Roberson said. Roberson said Keller, who lives in the area, "actually entered two houses in the neighborhood, thinking it was his." When he entered the second house, "he woke up the residents and charged at one of them, at which time the resident shot him."" The extremely high and extremly stupid Mr. Keller is lucky to be alive. Stop trying to make the idiot into a victim Mr Taft. Unless, you have some evidence that he was forced to disable his brain.
alienatedpuppies June 27, 2012 at 02:32 AM
He broke into the kids house, thought it was his high out of his mind, and attempted to confront the kid with the gun thinking he was the intruder. You tell me what you'd do if you heard a crazed 20+ year old break in to your house and be hostile against you. Know your facts before you open your fat mouth
Baheshdi June 27, 2012 at 09:24 AM
I'm aghast that these intown Liberals will even use an forced entry as a cause to lament our crazed "gun culture." What would it take for you to not make these asinine comments? What if three guys broke in? Would they need to have knives? Pistols? AK-47s? What would it take for you to acknowledge that a firearm was used justly? You are the reason why campus and the surrounding area is essentially a mugger's trout farm. It's time for the real men to do what has always been done when their lives and and way of life have been threatened. They take up arms and kick some you know what. Whether it be Abraham's rescue of Lot, Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours, or the GIs at Normandy, it is the same spirit. This case shows us that the students and Home Park residence are arming themselves and will end this threat in a way that law enforcement has not and will never be able to.
Atlanta Native June 27, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I would much rather explain to police why an intruder in my home has a gunshot wound to his chest than have them explain to my family how I was raped and murdered. There isn't time to ascertain intent when someone has forcibly entered your home and is obviously in an altered state. Why don't people cry out for the real victims in the same manner by which they tirelessly defend the perpetrator?
thatguy June 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
This shouldn't be a debate. The person broke in the house, the resident shot him. Cant blame the student. Case closed.


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