DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - An 18-year-old DeKalb County man has been arrested for shooting his teenage foster sister, according to police.
Nathaniel Lopez, 18, surrendered to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office without incident on Wednesday. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of battery, according to jail records.
It happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday in the neighborhood by Glendale Drive and Green Forrest Drive. Witnesses said they rushed to help the girl after she was shot in the lower leg. Neighbors said the girl hobbled and ran for help, and collapsed on a neighbor's driveway. She was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital and is expected to recover.
"[The suspect] walks out. I hear a 'pop'. [The girl] grabbed her ankle, and she's screaming. [He] turns back, goes back in, comes back out, looks her up and down," said a neighbor, who did not want to release her name. "She's holding her ankle, screaming and hollering, 'Help, help, help.'"
The SWAT team was called in after witnesses told police the teenage suspect ran back armed into the home. They created a perimeter around the area for hours until finally entering the home. The teenager was not found inside.
It was not immediately clear if Lopez retained a lawyer.