Car owner shot by booting company worker, Atlanta police say

A car owner was shot early Thursday in northwest Atlanta by an employee of a company that had placed a boot on his vehicle, police said.

The car owner told police about 3:40 a.m. from a hospital that the vehicle was in the 3000 block of Roswell Road, police spokeswoman Lisa Bender said.  He and a friend were returning to the car from a local bar.

“The male called the booting company to have the boot removed and advised the booting employee arrived on scene and a verbal altercation ensued,” Bender said. “The altercation escalated and the male was shot in the leg by the booting employee, who left the scene.”

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The company was identified as Empire Parking Services by Channel 2 Action News.

“We are fully cooperating with the police as they investigate this matter and expect our company and our employee will be fully exonerated,” a company representative told Channel 2.

 

The friend of the man who was shot drove him to a hospital, and the victim later was moved to Grady Memorial Hospital.

“The booting employee has contacted police and all parties are cooperating with the investigation,” Bender said.

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