Bystander hit during shootout outside College Park restaurant is APS parapro

The suspect was in a shootout with police..

An Atlanta Public Schools employee was caught in the crossfire when a man reportedly shot at people in a crowded restaurant parking lot and a Fulton County deputy returned fire, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The victim was identified by her mother as Keyanna Brown, 26, according to Channel 2. Brown is a paraprofessional at Inman Middle School.

According to Channel 2, she was an innocent bystander attempting to flee the chaotic scene when she was shot in the arm.

“The APS family extends its best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Ms. Brown,” school district spokesman Ian Smith said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The incident happened about 1 a.m. Sunday outside the Cozumel Mexican Cantina in the 5000 block of Old National Highway, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

The victim was identified by her mother as Keyanna Brown, 26. Channel 2 Action News reported that Brown, an innocent bystander, was attempting to flee the chaotic scene when she was shot in the arm.
The victim was identified by her mother as Keyanna Brown, 26. Channel 2 Action News reported that Brown, an innocent bystander, was attempting to flee the chaotic scene when she was shot in the arm.

Two Fulton County sheriff’s deputies were working an off-duty, part-time job when an altercation involving restaurant customers broke out in the parking lot.

“The subject fired at least two shots at additional patrons,” Miles said. “During the altercation, a deputy and a security guard fired their weapons. The subject was struck and taken into custody.”

The suspected shooter, identified by the GBI as 29-year-old College Park resident James Bernard Lawrence Jr., was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was in critical condition Monday afternoon.

No officers were injured.

 

It was not known if the deputy’s shot actually hit Lawrence, or whose bullet struck Brown.

Witness LaShann Ross told Channel 2 it was mayhem after she heard seven shots coming from the parking lot. People in the crowd began running.

“Even though there’s security,” Ross said, “you just still can’t feel safe because you just don’t know.”

Brown was trying to get into her car when she was shot, her mother told the news station. She was taken to Grady for treatment and is expected to recover.

The GBI is investigating the shooting, which is normal protocol in cases involving use of force.

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It is the 42nd such investigation in 2018, Miles said. There were 97 in 2017.

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