ATLANTA — Fulton County police said they are searching for three masked gunmen who forced their way into a south Fulton County home early Monday morning, tied up three people inside and pistol-whipped the homeowner.

“I was just terrified,” Carla Scott told Channel 2’s Richard Elliot. She agreed to let a Channel 2 news crew inside the home on Magnolia Walk Lane just hours after the home invasion.

Scott said the three men kicked open her door then attacked her in her upstairs bedroom.

“They put a gun to my head and asked me where is my cash,” said Scott. “They duct taped me and tied up my hands and my mouth and my eyes and everything. And pushed me down on the floor up in the corner with a gun to my head.”

Scott said the bandits also duct taped her 19-year-old daughter and her friend inside a bathroom. She said they not only threatened to kill her but her daughter as well if she didn’t tell them where she had her cash.

Scott told Elliot she gave them nearly $11,000 in cash. She said she had $9,000 in the house for her daughter to buy inventory for her newly opened shoe store and nearly $1,500 for her two south Fulton restaurants.

“I started praying and praying, and every time I prayed, they would hit me and kick me and tell me to shut up,” she said.

Scott said the three men, who wore white masks over their faces, also stole flat-screen TVs, a PlayStation, jewelry and her daughter’s car.

“I just don’t know what was the reason, you know?” she said. “I don’t know what caused them to do this.”

She believes the gunmen may know her son who she describes as being in the music business, and she said he brings a lot of young men around the house who often sleep, eat and drink. She said because the thieves seemed very familiar with the home and what was in it, she can’t help but think they’ve been in her house before.

“I just feel I fell victim to letting the wrong people into my house,” she told Elliot.

Scott had a gash on her head and a possible concussion, but she was treated and released from the hospital. Her daughter and friend were not physically harmed.

Fulton County police told Elliot they continue to search for the stolen car, a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a Georgia license tag BMW 7953.