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Georgia man charged with murder after fatally shooting 19-year-old who knocked on the wrong apartment door

Darryl Bynes, 32, was booked into the Fulton County Jail. He is facing murder charges over the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Omarian Banks.
(Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

A Georgia man was Friday arrested after police say he fatally shot a 19-year-old man who accidentally knocked on the wrong apartment door.

The shooting victim, Omarian Banks, was dropped off at the Retreat apartment complex in Atlanta around 12:30 pm on Friday.

According to police, Banks and his girlfriend recently moved to the building and the Banks, unfamiliar with the area, knocked on what he thought was his apartment door.

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Banks have reportedly made a mistake, approaching the door of the 32-year-old Darryl Bynes in the place. According to the police account, the pair had a brief conversation before Bynes went inside, grabbed his gun and shot the Banks when he tried to get away, WSB-TV reported.

Banks ‘ girlfriend, who was on FaceTime at the time of the shooting, told the local station that she heard her boyfriend say, “I’m sorry, I’m in the wrong house” for Bynes allegedly called him a racial slur to add “you are at the right house.” She said she then heard two shots being fired.

The police said that Bynes first claimed self-defense, but evidence the victim was shot from Bynes’ balcony as he tried to get away, WSB-TV reported.

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Bynes was arrested and booked at the Fulton County Jail, where he is confronted by a hit man, inmate records indicated.

He had been arrested three previous times, according to jail records.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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