Black Teen Fatally Shot After Knocking on the Wrong Door in Atlanta
A black teenager was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia, after he knocked on the wrong door, police and loved ones said Saturday. Omarian Banks, 19, was reportedly trying to find his girlfriend’s new apartment when he mistakenly went to a different apartment in the complex where she had recently moved. Banks was FaceTiming with his girlfriend before knocking on the door, his cousin, Rakiya Hawkins, told ABC News. “(Banks) was knocking on a door that he believed to be his girlfriend’s apartment. Shortly after, the victim walked away from the door,” Atlanta Police Sergeant John Chafee told ABC News in an emailed statement. Darryl Bynes, who was in the apartment where Banks knocked, allegedly “went onto his balcony to confront the victim,” Chafee said. The two men exchanged words, and then Bynes allegedly opened fire, according to Chafee. The Atlanta Police statement said Banks had been shot in the neck and died at the scene. Bynes was arrested on Friday and charged with murder in court on Saturday morning.