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The family had just returned from vacation to their home on Sumter Street in northwest Atlanta around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when someone knocked on their door.

The family had just returned from vacation to their home on Sumter Street in northwest Atlanta around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when someone knocked on their door.

ATLANTA — A group of teenagers attacked and terrorized a young couple and their children — in the couple’s own home, WSBTV reported.

The family heard a knock on their door at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Four teenagers asked to borrow a jack for their car, then tried to force their way inside.

When Michael Lash tried to close the door, the teens shot him in the legs.

Lash’s wife, Whitney, heard the shots, and grabbed their infant daughter and ran toward the back door. One of the men fired two shots at her, but missed.

She escaped through the back door and ran for help. One of the teens followed her. “Please don’t shoot me, I have a little baby,” she told him.

The couple’s 2-year-old son was upstairs asleep and was not harmed.

One of the teens told Whitney to give him her cellphone as several others ransacked the home, running off before police arrived.

Michael Lash had surgery and is expected to be OK.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help out the family.