Hours after homes were evacuated, roads were blocked and members of the Cobb County Police SWAT team converged on a Kennesaw neighborhood early this morning, investigators were still trying to determine what caused the shooting that started it all.
"It's fuzzy math," said Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department.
About six people were inside a Bozeman Lake Road residence this morning when one man, using a "long, powerful assault type of weapon," shot another man who was visiting the home, Pierce said.
Despite a flesh wound to the shoulder, the man was able to get away and drive his truck "down about one or two homes," he said.
"He went up to the home, knocked on the door to seek medical attention. Nobody was home there, so he went to the next home over. They answered the door, called the ambulance and got him out of there."
Pierce said authorities received a 911 call at 2:38 a.m. today and the shooting victim was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
Meanwhile, the alleged shooter was still inside the home.
Hostage negotiators arrived. Authorities set up a perimeter around the house. Cobb Police drove the agency's SWAT truck into the yard.
"Within five minutes of being on the PA system and barking out orders to everyone inside the home," Pierce said, "that male in question came out. We detained him for questioning. He's here at Cobb Police Headquarters."
Authorities remained on the scene as they waited on a search warrant to enter the home to make sure everyone else inside the home was OK.
The identities of the suspect and the shooting victim won't be released "until our guys determine what the heck happened out there this morning," Pierce said.
The shooting victim is expected to make a full recovery.
"He's going to be fine," Pierce said. "Other than a bit of property damage that occurred as he was trying to get away running over the mailbox, everything is fine."