A police report identifies South Fulton police officer Jason Smith as one of three people shot in the melee outside an Atlanta hookah lounge.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Charges filed in weekend shooting that injured off-duty officer

Charges have been filed in connection with a weekend shooting outside an Atlanta hookah lounge that injured three people, including an off-duty South Fulton police officer.

Franklin Green faces charges of battery and criminal attempt to commit robbery, Atlanta police Officer Jarius Daugherty told AJC.com in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon.

Green was among those wounded in the gunfire early Saturday morning outside the Hookah Hideaway on Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. Jamal Reynolds and South Fulton police Officer Jason Smith were also injured.

It is not clear who shot the officer, who is OK and in good spirits, South Fulton police Chief Keith Meadows said.

However, a police report obtained Thursday by AJC.com does reveal other details into what happened that morning. 

According to the report, Smith was shot in the chest and hand after a man attacked him and Officer Octavius Fears as they returned to their private cars.

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Fears, who was not injured, drove Smith to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the injured officer had surgery. 

Officers were called to the lounge about 5 a.m. Once there, authorities found Green shot in the lower left leg and left arm. Reynolds was a few feet away with a gunshot wound to his right knee. A black Taurus 9mm handgun was in the parking lot under a tree, directly between the two men, police said.

Both men were taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

Reynolds told investigators he saw Green punch someone. As he turned to walk away, Reynolds heard gunshots, took off running and was hit in the knee, according to the report. Reynolds alleged Green threw a gun on him and ran way. Reynolds said he tossed the gun and walked to a nearby hill, where he waited on police. He has not been charged in the case. 

Authorities later interviewed Fears at the hospital. Fears told police he and Smith were walking when a man wearing a white shirt and blue jeans punched Smith in the jaw. According to the report, Fears had his back turned when the gunfire erupted. As Fears turned around, he saw Smith grab his gun from his car and fire shots at someone. 

Fears told police he took cover and saw Smith was hit. That’s when he helped him to his car and drove Smith to the hospital.

—Please return to AJC.com for updates.

Covington police officer Matt Cooper was shot between the eyes, authorities said.

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