DECATUR, Ga. — Dekalb County detectives believe a man and woman kidnapped, handcuffed and shot Saturday were targeted and knew the men who abducted them.
Authorities say Jeronta Brown and his fiance, Briana Brooks, were kidnapped early Saturday morning and found a few hours later handcuffed and shot in the head.
A police spokesperson said the department called in three off-duty detectives over the holiday weekend to help with the case and had already contacted Atlanta police before the two were found.
The family said Brown and Brooks took their 8-month-old baby and a 14-year-old niece out for food Saturday morning. When they got back to their Decatur home, several men jumped them.
The children were able to get away, but Brown and Brooks were put into the back of a van.
Brown's aunt, Myesha Brown, said the men tried to get inside the house before leaving.
"The guys walked up, started ringing on the doorbell, beating on the door, yelling, 'FBI, FBI,'" Brown said.
Instead of opening the door, Brown said they called 911. When police arrived, Brown said they didn't take the kidnapping seriously.
"We were unable to get the kidnappers what they wanted due to Dekalb County thinking that this was a joke, this was something Jeronta set up," she said.
Brown said a family member got a call shortly after the kidnappers took off, demanding $150,000.
By daybreak, a driver 17 miles away in northwest Atlanta spotted Brooks and Brown lying in the street.
Jerota Brown was dead. Brooks, seven months pregnant with the couple's second child, was alive. Doctors were able to deliver the baby girl by C-section. Brown says the infant is doing fine, but Brooks' condition remains uncertain.
The victims' families are offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.