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Cops: Locksmith shot after refusing to open Buckhead apartment for man

By Chelsea Prince, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga (CNT)

A locksmith called to open a Buckhead apartment door was shot Thursday morning when the man requesting his help refused to give his name, police said.

Yuval Lerman, 23, was shot once at the Millworks Apartments on Emery Street, according to Atlanta police. He called for help about 12:15 a.m. from a location on Howell Mill Road.

Lerman told investigators he went to the upscale apartment complex on a service call, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.

“At the location, Mr. Lerman met with the suspect but refused to unlock the requested door because the suspect refused to identify himself,” Avery said in a statement to Channel 2 Action News. “The suspect then pulled out a handgun and shot Mr. Lerman.”

He was taken to a hospital and was stable Thursday morning.

An investigation is ongoing, Avery said. A suspect has not been identified.

The shooting was just one in a series of violent incidents across the city overnight. On Wednesday, police arrested a man accused of firing a gun outside an Atlantic Station hotel and responded to a deadly shooting in southwest Atlanta. A few hours later, a man was found shot and killed inside an SUV at a southeast Atlanta park.

According to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, crime in the city is down about 20% overall, despite an uptick in homicides. The police department has investigated at least 107 homicides this year, eight more than in all of 2019.