Guns, drugs, and cash found in Dunwoody apartment after shootout, police say

Police are investigating what role, if any, a cache of weapons and drugs found in a Dunwoody apartment had on a shootout which injured two people early Friday evening.

Officers were called out around 7 p.m. to The Hartley apartments located off Perimeter Center N. after reports of shots being fired. Sgt. Michael Cheek with the Dunwoody Police Department say officers found two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in the breezeway of the apartment. One man was shot three times in his abdomen and the other was shot in the ankle. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Investigators say a man was visiting his friend outside his apartment located along Madison Drive near Dorchester Lane. At some point, that friend pulled a gun, police say, and forced the resident to the back into the apartment. The resident then pulled a gun, and the two exchanged gunfire, investigators say.

"I’m not real sure what the conversation was like, but one displayed a firearm, forced his friend back into his apartment…within that apartment, the other male then drew a gun, he also fired shots at the other male," Sgt. Cheek explained.

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Dunwoody Police say officers are investigating a double shooting at The Hartley apartments on April 21, 2023. (FOX 5)

The gun battle spilled out into the breezeway, where investigators say more gunfire was exchanged.

"One man was shot three times in the abdominal area and the other male sustained a single gunshot wound to one of his ankles," Cheek said. 

Residents at the complex say they are edge after the incident. One resident described a chaotic scene right outside her front door.

"When I went out, I saw blood on the floor and I guess a bullet right there," the woman told FOX 5. 

The female resident, who did not want to share her identity, says she was shocked to learn that what she thought may have been the sound of fireworks were actually gunshots. 

"I didn’t expect to be in that situation…when I came to look at this apartment, it seemed real quiet and that was one of the things I liked about it," she told FOX 5. "I was shocked…I didn’t expect that, and I know my children are concerned." 

Police say they seized multiple guns, a substantial amount of drugs and cash inside the apartment during the execution of a search warrant.

Police said the two men are in the hospital recovering 

Warrants are pending for both men, investigators say, but it was not immediately known what the pair will be charged with.

The names of the men have not been released.