Victim runs to day care parking lot after shooting nearby

As parents dropped off their children at a DeKalb County day care Wednesday morning, someone ran into the parking lot. 

The person had been shot.

Somebody called police about 8 a.m. Candy Cane City Learning Center and nearby Columbia High School were locked down. And authorities closed Columbia Drive near Woods Drive.

Candy Cane City Learning Center was placed on lockdown after a shooting in the area Wednesday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

According to DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell, the victim was riding in a white vehicle on Columbia Drive when a black vehicle pulled up behind it.

“One of the occupants of the black vehicle got out and was speaking to the occupants in the white vehicle,” Campbell said. One shot was fired into the white vehicle, hitting the victim in the arm, she said. The shooter returned to the black vehicle, which sped off toward I-20.

The victim was stable at a local hospital, according to police.

Campbell said it’s too early to tell if the victim and the shooter knew each other. 

“Right now we’re in the process of trying to get information from the victim ... as well as witnesses who were in the area,” she said. 

Investigators are hoping to speak with parents at the day care and people in a subdivision across the street.

The lockdown at Columbia High was lifted about 8:30 a.m., the DeKalb County School District said.

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