Police are searching for a man they say opened fire outside a Morrow gas station when he was confronted while trying to steal a running car.
Surveillance footage from the Chevron along Mount Zion Road appears to show a man getting into a parked car before firing multiple rounds at the car’s owner, who ran outside to prevent his vehicle from being stolen.
The shooting took place about 5:30 p.m. April 6, Morrow police Detective Michael Murphy said Tuesday.
The man, who pulled up in a green Toyota Highlander with at least three other people inside, got out and slid into the running car, police said.
But when the car’s owner realized what was happening and ran outside, the man inside his car began shooting and the owner was hit in the abdomen, police said.
After shooting the car’s owner, the would-be thief returned to the SUV he arrived in and left the scene, but not before firing several more shots into the front windows of the convenience store.
“He shot quite a few rounds into the store,” Murphy said.
Two young women inside the suspect’s vehicle got out and ran after the first shots were fired, Murphy said. Police hope to track them down for questioning.
The car’s owner has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, Murphy said.
Anyone with information about the attempted theft and subsequent shooting is asked to contact Morrow police at 770-961-4006 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.
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