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Home invasion leaves Thomasville man badly beaten

Marcus Rushing recovers after he was assaulted by unknown suspects Marcus Rushing recovers after he was assaulted by unknown suspects
Rushing fired shots at the suspects as they ran away Rushing fired shots at the suspects as they ran away
June Johnson says she was scared for her life June Johnson says she was scared for her life
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Marcus Rushing is now battered and bruised - all reminders of what he calls a terrifying incident for him and his fiance June Johnson. It all started after the couple were getting ready for bed just after 3 o'clock Saturday morning.

"When I went to answer the door three or four guys came in and rushed me and they just hit me in the head with a gun and hit me in the hit and asked me where the money was," says Rushing.

Rushing says he didn't have any money - or at least an amount that would satisfy the gunmen. So they continued to the beat him with a hand gun while June locked herself in the bathroom, hiding for her life.

"I was terrified. I was like oh my God they are going to kill Marcus," says Johnson.

When the suspects finally left, Rushing took matters into his own hands and starting shooting his gun at the men as they ran away. That's when the men fired back - starting a massive early morning shoot-off.

And while the men got away unharmed, they left a string of clues that could help police identify the suspects including a hat and roll of duck tape with the fingerprints of the gunmen.

"That hat came off the guy's head that was hitting him with the gun," says Johnson.

And the couple says this isn't the first time they're home has been invaded. For years now, the two have run a small candy snack and drink business from their house.

They say the gunmen might have thought they had plenty of cash they could get their hands on.

"They figure oh he has a whole lot of money," says Johnson.

The gunmen got away with a total of $67, two men's watches, and a bottle of Oxycodone - something the couple says wasn't worth Friday night's trouble.

Rushing spent the night in the hospital. Thomasville police are searching for the suspects and say anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3305.

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