DECATUR — Police  said they are investigating the circumstances of a gunman who hammered on the front door of a Decatur woman's residence Tuesday night.

The incident happened at 7:17 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Hill Avenue, and Decatur police Sgt. Josh Sheets said the woman heard the knock and the man calling out “Yo” before her grandson entered her bedroom and told her to stay away from the windows because the man had a gun.

“The woman said the whole incident lasted about five minutes, and then she observed a car leave her driveway and head southbound,” Sheets said.

Sheets said the grandson told police a relative who also lives in the house had been texting a woman who came to the house just before the gunman arrived, and she had spoken briefly with the relative before leaving.

“The grandson said the female and the man (with the gun) were then seen having an argument at the front of the house, and it appeared the woman was pleading with the man as she had her hands up in front of her as he was attempting to walk up to the front of the house,” Sheets said. “The man then pushed the woman aside and removed a black, semi-automatic handgun from his coat pocket and that is when he began beating on the front door.”

Sheets said the male relative was uncooperative and would not talk about what happened with police. The gunman was described as black, about 27 years old, 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-6-inches tall, 200 pounds, short haircut with a full beard and wearing a red and black Chicago Bulls cap and red and black hooded sweatshirt.

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