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CAU student critically injured after being shot while answering door

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A man is hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot while opening the front door of a home in southwest Atlanta early Friday morning.

The shooting happened around 4 a.m. at the home near the intersection of Beckwith and Ozone streets.

According to police, the victim, 22-year-old Clark Atlanta student Craig Burns, heard a knock at the door and when he answered, he was shot in the stomach. He was taken to Grady Hospital where he was last listed in critical condition. 

There were several other people inside the home at the time of the shooting but no one witnessed the attack. The suspect fled the scene on foot and a description was not immediately available.

Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

Clark Atlanta issued the following statement: 

Craig S. Burns, a 22-year-old student -- at 12:30 a.m. this morning (12/1/17) was shot by an unknown assailant who entered into his off-campus residence on Beckwith St.  According to Atlanta Police Department and CAU Campus Police reports, Burns had been in an altercation with the alleged shooter earlier in the evening. Following the altercation, Burns returned to his room where the shooting occurred.   Burns was rushed into surgery and is presently in the Intensive Care Unit. Further surgical procedures are pending.  A CAU representative rushed to the hospital to be with Burns and remains there, and his family is en route to Atlanta from Indiana.  Atlanta Police Department is aggressively pursuing leads and working expeditiously to make arrests.  Anyone with any knowledge of the altercation or the shooting is asked to immediately contact the Atlanta Police Department at 404-546-4236.      Our greatest concern, at this moment, is Mr. Burns’ full recovery.  Our hearts are hurting and we ask that everyone in the CAU Campus Community join us in prayers for his restoration and healing, and for his family and friends, as well.  Individuals who feel the need to speak with a counselor or seek spiritual guidance in the wake of this incident may do so by contacting the CAU Counseling Center, 404-880-8044, or Rev. Dr. A. Elaine Crawford at 404-880-6119.  Messages of friendship, hope and inspiration may be delivered to Mr. Burns through the Division of Student Affairs, in Room 250 Henderson Student Center.   Now is the time for all of us to pull together in prayer for Mr. Burns.  It also is a time for us to strengthen our resolve and pull together as one campus community, determined to continue efforts to advocate for positive change in our neighboring community.

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