A man who intervened to keep a road-rage dispute from escalating was shot in the head at a busy DeKalb County intersection, and a 23-year-old was arrested in connection with the incident, police said.
The victim, who was not identified, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after the shooting Monday morning at the intersection of Rockbridge Road and South Indian Creek Drive.
DeKalb police detectives were called in about 8 a.m.
“They were able to learn that there was a road-rage incident at this intersection,” police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer said. “And the victim, who happened to be a bystander, attempted to intervene in the altercation.”
It seemed the situation was diffused when one of the vehicles drove away. Then the vehicle, a Honda Accord, returned, and police said a passenger got out and fired several rounds, hitting the victim in the head.
“He was just trying to help squash an altercation between two individuals and ended up getting shot,” Spencer said.
The vehicle took off shortly after the shooting.
DeKalb County SWAT searched a home in a nearby neighborhood, and Aden Osman Bouh was arrested on an aggravated assault charge, according to Channel 2 Action News
Bouh was identified as the driver of the vehicle, police told Channel 2. A second man was taken into custody for questioning but was not charged.
Police are still investigating what led to the confrontation.
No other details have been released.
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