After knocking on the wrong door while looking for his new apartment, a 19-year-old Atlanta man was shot and killed, CBS affiliate WSB-TV reports.
Omarian Banks was headed to his new home he shared with his girlfriend, Zsakeria Mathis. He wasn’t yet familiar with the area and was dropped off on the wrong side of his complex by his Lyft. While on Facetime with Mathis, he knocked on the door to what he thought was his apartment. He mistakenly knocked on the door of 32-year-old Darryl Bynes’ apartment. He walked away shortly after knocking realizing he was at the wrong apartment. Bynes went onto his balcony to confront Banks with his gun and after exchanging a few words Bynes shot Banks. Bynes allegedly called Banks a racial slur before shooting him.
Bynes has been charged with murder. He claimed he shot Banks in self-defense. From the account Mathis gave of what she heard via Facetime, it doesn’t sound like Bynes was in any danger.
“I just hear faint voices and a gunshot, and then I hear him yell,” Mathis told WSB-TV. “And I heard all the fear in his voice and he was just, ‘I’m sorry! I’m at the wrong door!’ The man was like, ‘No, you’re not at the wrong door!’ And he shot two more times and then it was silent.”
Makayla Johnson, Bynes’ cousin, said Bynes wasn’t himself after his truck was stolen earlier this week.
“He is an innocent father,” she said about Bynes. “He has five kids. His truck was stolen earlier this week. Right now, he’s just trying to protect his family.”