Cameron and Christopher Ervin tried to kill both parents in their home but were distracted by their dad until the police were contacted. Surprisingly, Sylvia Johnson, a neighbor who said she'd known the Ervin family for 15 years, stated that the brothers were respectful.
"Never any problems with them, whatsoever," she told ABC affiliate WSB-TV.
Christopher and Cameron's friends also said they were in a state of shock.
"I couldn't imagine Cameron doing something like that," one friend told WSB-TV.
In a related article by ABC News, the distraught mother told the Police over a 911 call that her two sons were trying to kill her, and then the call went silent. When the cops shortly arrived both sons were found in different locations, and both parents were seriously injured with the father stabbed and the mother severely beaten.
The call came in just before 8 a.m. to a home in the 3000 block of Forbes Trail, police said. Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services soon arrived to treat the injured and also investigate an odor of gas at the residence.
Police arrested the sons and charged them each with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of first-degree arson for an alleged attempt to cut a gas line and send the house up in flames, investigators said.
The parents were not the only ones impacted.
"I'm in shock," neighbor Clinton Miller said. "This is something we don't expect here."
Miller saw Zachary Ervin walk outside once police arrived.
"He [Zachary] wasn't in good shape at all," Miller said, "He was bleeding pretty badly. So we're really concerned for him."
The parents were transported to a local area hospital, and both sons were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed by investigators. Police said that the 911 call may very well have saved their lives.
"Had she not been able to make that 911 call it's very uncertain what would have happened," said Sgt. Rich Long with Gwinnett County Police.
Police said the two suspects were interviewed and moved to the Gwinnett County Detention Center with numerous charges pending. Police said they still don't know the motives.
"We're still investigating motive," Sgt. Long said. "They have been interviewed, they have been cooperative. Yet confirmation of what their motive is, is still a mystery to us."
The brothers are being held in Gwinnett County jail.
[Image via Gwinnett County Sheriff]