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Random shooting kills one and injures another, leaves police guessing

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It took two people to help Mario Lopez walk from the bedroom of his small apartment to the front door. The pain he was experiencing with each step was evident in the grimace on his face.

Just a few hours earlier, doctors were pulling bullets out of Lopez's leg. He was lucky, the bullets left him with no life-threatening injuries. His uncle, Armando Lopez Perez, did not fare as well.

Perez died at the scene of the shooting, about a hundred yards from his nephew's apartment. The man was visiting his family in Chamblee before returning to Guatemala.

Perez and his nephews, Mario and Angel had decided to walk to a nearby store just before midnight. After getting what they needed, the three men started to head home.

They were walking through the Don Juan Duplexes and as they approached the office a car passed them. Suddenly, the car stopped, a man got out and opened fire; according to Mario and his brother Angel.

According to Angel; he, his brother, and their uncle were taken by surprise. Mario says, the gunman didn't say a word, didn't even ask them a question, he just simply started shooting.

Mario and Angel ran for their lives. Mario was shot but didn't know it until he was back at the apartment. Angel was unharmed. That's when they realized their uncle was missing.

Police arrived moments later and found their uncle where the shooting began.

According to police, they currently have no suspects, and have no idea why the men were shot at.

Perez leaves behind a wife and three kids. He was working in Columbus, Georgia until recently, and was about to buy a plane ticket back to Guatemala.

"He was a good person in every way," said Mario Lopez. "He was friendly with everyone he knew."

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