‘I’m sorry! I’m at the wrong door!’: Teen shot & killed after knocking on wrong door at apartment complex he just moved into with girlfriend

A Georgia teen is dead after police say a man shot him after the boy knocked on the wrong apartment door.

Atlanta’s ABC Action News reports that 19-year-old Omarion Banks and his girlfriend had just moved into The Retreat at Marketplace apartment complex off of Fairburn Road when the incident occurred. According to police, Banks got a Lyft ride home on Friday at around 12:30 a.m., but the driver apparently dropped him off at the wrong breezeway.

Unfamiliar with the area, Banks walked up an outdoor flight of stairs to the second floor of one of the apartment buildings and walked to the left, where he knocked on the door of a man identified as Darryl Bynes, 32. Banks was reportedly walking away from the apartment door when Bynes appeared from his balcony with a gun, and allegedly started shouting at the teen.

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According to a conversation overheard by Banks’ girlfriend, Zsakeria Mathis, who was on FaceTime with Banks when the shooting happened, the alleged killer shot at the teen even though he was walking away and explained he had the wrong apartment.

“Sorry, I’m at the wrong house,” Banks said, according to Mathis.

“No you’re not. [Expletive], you at the right house,” Bynes allegedly replied.

Afterward, Bynes reportedly started shooting at Banks as the teen ran down the stairs, trying to escape. According to AJC, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office stated the teen died from a gunshot wound to the neck.

“He called me and he said open the door because he was getting a Lyft home, but when I opened the door I didn’t see him,” Mathis explained. “Then I hear one gunshot, and after that, I hear him yell, ‘I’m sorry, bro. I’m at the wrong house.’”

A neighbor who saw part of the incident said they heard at least three shots fired.

“I see him running around the corner and all you hear him saying is, ‘I am sorry. It was the wrong door.’ [Bynes said], ‘You ain’t come to the wrong door,’ and shot him a third time,” the neighbor said.

Mathis said she ran to her boyfriend after hearing shots, and found him lying in the grass, bleeding profusely.

“I turned him over and that’s when I seen the gunshot wound to his neck and blood all over him…..He was moaning and groaning and he had tears in his eyes and he was just bleeding.”

Family members of the suspect told local outlets that the man was acting in self-defense.

“He is an innocent father. 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,” Bynes’ cousin, Makayla Johnson, told Action News.

Police arrested Bynes and charged him with murder, stating that Banks was trying to leave when Bynes shot him.

The suspect is currently behind bars without bond.

Family members said Banks was an aspiring musician who had recently gotten a new job. They said he “loved life” and loved his family. A GoFundMe fundraiser was created to help pay for funeral and burial expenses for the teen.

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[Featured Photo: Omarion Banks/Handout]