Milton Man Suspect in Shooting Death of Stepson

The Sunday afternoon incident happened in a townhome within Centennial Village on Hwy. 9.

A 46-year-old Milton man was being taken to Fulton County Jail on his way to being charged in the shooting death of his stepson at 2:15 p.m. today, Feb. 12.

"Our suspect's name is Eric Brandon, age 46. He shot his 16-year-old stepson," said Capt. Shawn McCarty of the Milton Police Department.

The shooting happened at 3153 Genesis Way in Milton, in the Habitat for Humanity community across from the Target shopping center on Hwy. 9.

McCarty said at 5 p.m. that the suspect was on his way to jail.

"He is not speaking to us. He will be charged with murder," McCarty said.

Both the victim and suspect lived in the home with other family members, but no other family was at home at the time.

"There was a friend from next door. He was upstairs when this happened," McCarty said. "He was not injured."

The police spokesperson said the suspect called police.

Members of the Milton Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division are on scene collecting evidence and information.

McCarty said this was the first shooting death in the city this year. In 2011, Milton Police investigated a single murder case, which is in Fulton Superior Court now.

The arrest information was supplied by the Milton Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Travis Allen February 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Why is the media referring to this as the "Habitat for Humanity" community? Does it matter where they lived? It's tragic no matter the place of the crime.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
As a supporter of Habitat–I've volunteered building homes in this community, and covered "First Nail" and dedication ceremonies for years–my perspective on including the type of community was merely as information. Several people have questioned this decision. What is your opinion? How does the community as a whole think I should handle this kind of choice in the future?
Travis Allen February 14, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I just don't see how anything of value is added to the article by mentioning that it was a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. If anything, it only serves to rev up the stereotypes common to those of narrownmindedness...if that's a word.
Octavia Johnson February 15, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Travis, I agree. We deal with enough adversity being a minority and living in this absolutely wonderful blessed community. Why exploit Habitat in such a grey light, making it even harder for homeowners to be considered apart of Mitons community and not just a project? Unlike many subdivisions, we have been blessed with neighbors who share similar stories and possess a love for one another that is god driven. This type of tragedy can happen in any neighborhood. Was your use of Habitat necessary for your objective? Did you think of the implications or effects on how the community would be viewed or treated? Food for thought. Respectfully, Octavia Habitat Homeowner
Kay Tee May 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I agree with Octavia. As a VERY new homeowner in the Centennial Village community, the mentioning of it being a HFH community is completely irrelevant, and only leaves open an opportunity for the ignorant to conjure up some stereotype about the program. To be quite honest, the article is an unnecessary ripple in the story.....shootings can happen anywhere, but your article in the way it was written may make some sadly assume otherwise. But i digress- we all know the faith-based foundation that the program is built on, so it is definitely protected.


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