Driver followed, shot after Buckhead bar fight

Driver followed, shot after Buckhead bar fight

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A man managed to drive himself to a Hampton Inn on Piedmont Road and ask for help after he was shot early Friday, police said.
  • Story Highlights
  • The victim drove himself to a Hampton Inn and called 911.
  • The incident started with a fight at the Whisky Mistress bar.
  • Police said they’re not sure where the shooting took place.

A man was followed after a Buckhead bar fight and shot as he was driving, police said.

Investigators are not sure where the shooting took place early Friday, but say the man managed to drive himself to a Hampton Inn on Piedmont Road and call 911.

Officers responded about 3:25 a.m. and found the man’s gray A4 Audi with several gunshot holes, Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah said.

According to police, the fight originally took place at the Whisky Mistress bar on Maple Drive.

The man told police he left the bar after someone punched him in the face two times. The person followed him in a white Lexus, drove up beside his vehicle and opened fire near the intersection of Maple Drive and Peachtree Road, Hannah said.

The man was shot just above the buttocks, but is expected to survive, Capt. Andrew Senzer said.

He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center in stable condition. He had a gun, too, police told Channel 2 Action News. However, there is no evidence he returned fire.

The gunman is still on the loose.

“We’re trying to locate an actual crime scene where the shooting occurred,” Senzer said.

This is the fourth time this week someone has been shot while driving.

The others occurred early Thursday. Someone in an SUV drove around the city and randomly shot two people, police said. Two people were arrested in connection with those shootings.

A father was killed hours later in front of his children after someone opened fire on their car as they pulled into their DeKalb County subdivision, police said. No arrests have been made in that case, but authorities are investigating if the incident is related to the two shootings in Atlanta.

A man's car was towed from the Hampton Inn on Piedmont Road after he was shot while driving, police said. He drove to the hotel looking for help. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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