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Man, 19, is shot dead by homeowner after he knocked on the wrong door of the apartment complex he and his girlfriend had just moved to

Omarian Banks, 19, was shot and killed when he knocked on the wrong door of an apartment complex he just moved in to in Atlanta, police say

  • Shooting took place at The Retreat apartments in southwest Atlanta early Friday morning
  • Omarian Banks, 19, was dropped off near the wrong breezeway in the complex
  • Police said Banks and his girlfriend had just moved into the area and he was unfamiliar with his surroundings
  • Banks was talking on his girlfriend through FaceTime when police say he approached Darryl Bynes' apartment
  • Banks knocked on the door and when nobody answered, he walked away
  • Police say Bynes then reached for his gun and shot at Banks while he was walking away from his apartment 

Police say a man fatally shot a teenager who accidentally knocked on the wrong apartment door in Atlanta.

It happened about 12:30 a.m. Friday at The Retreat apartments, WSB-TV reported.

Police say 19-year-old Omarian Banks was dropped off from a Lyft ride near the wrong breezeway in the complex. 

They say Banks and his girlfriend had just moved there and Banks wasn't familiar with the area. 

He went to what he thought was his apartment but it was the wrong door.

Omarian Banks, 19, was shot and killed when he knocked on the wrong door of an apartment complex he just moved in to in Atlanta, police say

Omarian Banks, 19, was shot and killed when he knocked on the wrong door of an apartment complex he just moved in to in Atlanta, police say

Omarian Banks
Omarian Banks

Banks was speaking to his girlfriend on FaceTime when he knocked on the door of a neighbor, thinking it was their apartment, according to police

The shooting took place at The Retreat apartment complex (seen above) in Atlanta. The specific apartment shown above was not where the shooting took place

The shooting took place at The Retreat apartment complex (seen above) in Atlanta. The specific apartment shown above was not where the shooting took place

Banks knocked but eventually walked away. 

Police say Banks was speaking to his girlfriend on FaceTime when he knocked.

As Banks began to walk away, police say the man in the wrong apartment came to the door and opened it. 

Darryl Bynes, 32, has been arrested and charged with murder. He is being held at Fulton County Jail

Darryl Bynes, 32, has been arrested and charged with murder. He is being held at Fulton County Jail

Police identified the man inside the apartment as 32-year-old Darryl Bynes. 

They say he grabbed a gun and went onto his balcony to confront Banks and after a short conversation, shot him.

Bynes is charged with murder. The TV station didn't say if he has an attorney.

'I heard him say, "Sorry, I'm at the wrong house.",' Banks' girlfriend, Zsakeria Mathis, told WSB-TV.

'Then the man said, "No you're not. N****, you at the right house." 

'And he shot two more times.'

A neighbor recalled the incident similarly.

'I see him running around the corner and all you hear him saying is, "I am sorry. It was the wrong door",' a neighbor told WSB-TV.

'(He said), "You ain’t come to the wrong door" and shot him a third time. 

'I saw him drop to the ground.'

Police said Bynes initially claimed he shot Banks in self-defense, but investigators believe he shot the teen from his balcony while the victim tried to get away. 

'This is a 19-year-old child that didn’t even deserve to die, that hasn’t even lived his life,' family friend Michael Wallace said.

Bynes' family disagrees with the murder charge.

'He is an innocent father,' his cousin, Makayla Johnson said. 

'He has five kids. He was protecting his family. 

'His truck was stolen earlier this week, right now, he's just trying to protect his family.'  

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Comment by trevor mullings on March 31, 2019 at 11:41am

These are Donald Trump Days! And it never gonna stop if progressive people don't come out in their millions and vote  next general election.

Comment by gina gene on March 31, 2019 at 12:08am

Kill him just like he killed that INNOCENT KID!!! self defense my ass!!!! That kid was no threat to him!!!! The boy was walking away as he realized he was at the wrong complex!!!! 

Comment by Gee on March 31, 2019 at 12:06am

He definitely should get the death penalty, stupid mf for real. He didn't have to kill this young man. 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on March 31, 2019 at 12:00am
I hope he get the death penalty, self defense, my ass.

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