July 23, 2007

Atlanta Shooting Leaves 4 Dead

All Said To Be Related, From Ethiopia; 3-Year-Old In Critical Condition

(CBS/AP) An Ethiopian immigrant fatally shot three people and wounded two others before killing himself early Monday at a home in southwest Atlanta, police said.

All of the victims were believed to be related, Atlanta police spokesman Eric Schwartz said.

The gunman was identified by police as Abdulaziz Ibrahim, 52. Officers also found the bodies of Hana Yusuf, 26, and Luna Tesfaye, 24, Schwartz said. Another victim, Mohammad Ibrahim, 28, died at a local hospital while Amir Abdulhakim, 3, was in critical condition and Yusef Ibrahim, 27, was in stable condition, police said.

Police were interviewing a teenage girl who was also in the house during the shooting but was unharmed, and the alleged gunman's wife, who had left home shortly before the shooting.

The shooting began around 7 a.m., Schwartz said.

Neighbor Charlene Weiters said the family moved into the home about 12 years ago from overseas, and still spoke broken English. She said Abdulaziz Ibrahim was a retired manufacturing worker who occasionally gave the neighborhood children small toys and school supplies.

Weiters said she often saw him playing with his grandson in the yard. She said she believed Ibrahim lived in the home with his wife, plus three children, two nieces and two grandchildren.

"We think he was sick, he must have been," she told CBS affiliate WGCL-TV between sobs. "He was so sweet, he was so sweet he wouldn't hurt anybody."

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