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Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting
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Sale of dog over internet ends in fatal shooting

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two men attempting to sell a dog over the internet were involved in a fatal shooting in DeKalb County overnight.

The shooting happened early Friday, when a breeder from Winder and his friend drove to 5044 Fairforest Drive with an English bulldog to sell to the man who answered their online ad.

Originally, police reported the ad was a Craigslist deal, then later said the sellers actually used the website Hoobly.com, another classifieds service.

According to DeKalb County Police Capt. Steve Fore, the 40-year-old buyer produced a gun, intending to rob the sellers. The breeder's friend pulled out a gun of his own and shot the buyer, killing him. The sellers called 911 after the shooting.

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the two sellers will not face charges. The suspect, whose name was not released, tried to rob victims in similar ways at least four previous times. He took a dog in one instance and an iPhone in the other; two other victims did not file police reports against him. The man met at least one victim through Craigslist.

Parish also said the buyer offered the sellers $500 more than their $2,000 asking price if they agreed to meet at the Fairforest Drive location at midnight.

The dog was turned over to DeKalb County Animal Control until it can be returned to Winder.

Learn how to protect yourself while buying and selling items on Craigslist.

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