Three suspects are in custody and a fourth hospitalized after a Lawrenceville neighbor fired back during a robbery.
On Monday, May 16 in the middle of the afternoon, a 39-year-old woman answered the door to her Lawrenceville home. Three men put a gun to her head and ordered her to lay down on the sofa and keep her head down.
On Friday, she spoke exclusively to 11Alive's LaTasha Givens.
Police say the men had already robbed another man just down the street on Cannonball Court.
"He started saying where's the money at, where's the money at or I'm going to blow your head off," she asked Givens not to use her name. "They put me back on the floor put a pillow over my head and told me don't look up don't say nothing else."
The woman's 15-year-old daughter walked into the room to see what all of the noise was about. When the mother looked up at her daughter, one of them men fired a shot near her head to make her put her head back down. "You think I'm [expletive] kidding?!" he yelled.
He then ordered the teen to look around the house for money.
One of the suspects touched the teen's shoulder and made sexual remarks about what he wanted to do to her. "They started making sexual remarks about raping her, it was terrible," her mother told 11Alive News. "He hit her in the head with the gun and put it in her mouth and told her to stop crying or he was going to blow her head off." At one point, the men threatened to take the teen with them and rape her.
The women didn't think they'd survive that day.
"To put a gun to someone's head that's really traumatic you know I'm staring down the barrel of a this gun and constantly you're putting it to my head, to my the back of my head to the front of my head and to my daughter. I mean it's really horrific," she said.
Before the three men left the home, one of them fired a shot at the teen and nearly shot her in the face. According to the police report, the teen told police "the bullet was so close to her face, she could feel it go past her".
A neighbor heard the gunshots and grabbed his own gun. He saw three men running from his neighbor's home. He told police at least one of them was holding a gun. Police say the suspect pointed the gun at the neighbor and the two began shooting at each other. Witnesses told police the suspect fired first.
The neighbor told police he emptied a clip of 15 rounds. The neighbor was shot twice, and the suspect was shot at least once.
All three suspects fled in a gold car driven by a woman. Witnesses were able to give police a description of the car, including the license plate number.
That car pulled into the parking lot of Gwinnett Medical Center and dropped off the suspect who had been shot. He was later identified as 23-year-old Isreal Bland.
Police later tracked the car to a Winder address. The three other suspects, including the getaway driver, were arrested:
• Taneah Jamyce Hazel (age 22, Winder) – female driver
• Jameel Terry Hazel (age 25, Winder)
• Ronnie Joshua Amos (age 20, Norcross)
Bland will be charged after he's treated for his injuries.
The neighbor who was shot also sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
The suspects face a long list of charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, sexual battery, and home invasion.
The mother says her own feeling of helplessness during the attack is countered by her daughter's strength: "She got so strong that I drew my strength off of her. She was just so strong after they put the gun in her mouth and told her to stop crying she never cried again."