Two people are in custody after authorities retrieved an SUV they believe is connected to a pair of shootings that left two people hurt Thursday, Atlanta police said.
Atlanta police and the Georgia State Patrol first tried pulling over Mikeal Callaway and an unidentified female passenger near a home on Constitution Road, the GSP said in a statement.
Callaway and the woman led authorities on a brief chase before a GSP trooper performed a PIT maneuver, stopping the car near a Moreland Avenue shopping center. The woman ran from police but was quickly caught.
Callaway, 24, of Atlanta, and the woman were taken into police custody, GSP said.
Authorities believe they are connected to two early morning shootings as well as a fatal DeKalb County road-rage incident.
“It’s very possible,” Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields said of the connection. “It’s still preliminary, so it may not prove to be true, but we absolutely are coordinating with DeKalb County to either confirm or dispel that theory.”
In the DeKalb County case, a man was killed on Flat Shoals Road while in the car with his two children and wife, DeKalb police said.
Both drivers in the Atlanta cases were injured in the shootings, which were just miles apart, police said.
The first occurred about 12:15 a.m. east of Hamilton E. Holmes Drive on I-20 West, Officer Donald Hannah said. A driver was shot multiple times in that incident.
“The victim stated that as he was traveling westbound on I-20, a silver SUV pulled up alongside his vehicle and an unknown suspect fired multiple rounds into his vehicle, ultimately striking him,” Hannah said.
The shooter sped away from the scene.
More than two hours later, about 4 miles away on Fulton Street, another driver lost control of a car and crashed into multiple parked cars after being shot in the neck just before 2:40 a.m., police said.
The driver lost a lot of blood but is expected to be OK, police said.
Both were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where they were in stable condition.
“The victims don’t know each other,” Atlanta police Lt. Andrew Senzer told Channel 2 Action News.
Shields said it’s possible the suspects in the Atlanta cases knew their victims, but she did not say what the connection might be.
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