Marcus Nelson (left) and Marquis Morris
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

2 in custody, 1 sought in connection with SE Atlanta shooting

Two men suspected in a shooting are in custody after their car crashed into a police car while they were trying to leave the scene of the incident, officials said. 

Marcus Nelson, 22, and Marquis Morris, 19, were both arrested on multiple charges in connection with the shooting, police said. Investigators are still trying to find a third man.

Officers on patrol went to the area near Chamberlain and Fitzgerald streets after hearing gunshots, according to police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee. 

They found a man with three gunshot wounds to the chest. 

Chafee said investigators determined the injured man was approached by three men who demanded his belongings. The man complied, but at some point the three men discovered he was armed with a handgun. At least one of the three men fired, and all of them ran away, Chafee said. 

The man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he is in critical condition but stable, officials said.

An officer responding to the scene saw a car backing away from the area and noticed the people inside were trying to conceal themselves, Chafee said. Witnesses told police that the people in the car were the suspects in the shooting. 

Officers tried to stop the car in the area of Bell and Pratt Streets, but the driver sped off, Chafee said.  

The chase came to an end when the car crashed into a police patrol vehicle near Hurt Street in East Point, Chafee said.

Nelson and Morris, who were inside the car, were taken into custody, but a third man ran away, Chafee said. 

Police found several handguns in the car, along with some of the victim’s property. 

Nelson and Morris each face charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Nelson faces an additional charge of attempting to elude police. Both men were booked into the Fulton County jail. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

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