- Story Highlights
- A man robbed an auto parts store in Fayette County.
- During his getaway, the suspect fired at an SUV.
- A 3-year-old girl was nearly hit by a bullet.
A man is on the run after robbing an auto parts store in Fayette County, opening fire during a dramatic getaway and nearly hitting a 3-year-old girl, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Mike McKinney was driving past O'Reilly Auto Parts on Tyrone Road early Monday when he heard a victim screaming that he'd been shot, and saw the robber jump into a car. With his three children in his SUV, McKinney rammed the man’s getaway car.
He said he could see the robber's eyes.
"I saw fear and desperation change to anger," McKinney said.
He told his children to get down.
“I screamed it so loud," McKinney said.
The children ducked just before the robber fired into the SUV. The shot pierced a window and went right through McKinney’s daughter's car seat.
"If she hadn't have moved her head,” he said, “it would have been right in her head.”
The robber was running after holding store employees at gunpoint, and clearing out the register. He also shot at an employee who startled him as he tried to leave through the back door, Tyrone police Detective D. Morris said.
Police said what McKinney did is not recommended.
“DO NOT place yourself or your family in danger if you happen to find yourself involved in or in close proximity to such a crime,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “The suspect has shown no desire to harm his victims until today when he was confronted.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000.
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