An AutoZone store was one of several businesses damaged by bullets when a gunman opened fire at two truck drivers and a police officer in a DeKalb County shopping center. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Gunman fires at truck drivers, cop in DeKalb parking lot

DeKalb County police Wednesday were searching for a gunman who they say opened fire on a couple of truck drivers and an officer in a Memorial Drive parking lot.

The officer was driving along Memorial Drive near Memorial College Avenue before daybreak Wednesday when he “observed a man shooting at two individuals in the Office Depot Plaza,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

As “the officer attempted to approach and investigate, the man began firing in his direction,” Parish told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She said the suspect then jumped into a “reddish-colored” BMW and sped away. The officer attempted to follow the suspect, but the suspect abandoned the vehicle in a nearby subdivision and eluded capture.

“Further investigation determined the suspects were trying to rob the victims, who had parked their tractor-trailers in the Office Depot Plaza,” Parish said. “According to the victims, as they walked to a nearby restaurant, they were approached by one armed suspect who began to fire.”

She said while neither victim was injured by the gunfire, one of the truckers sustained a minor injury to his hand and arm when he fell as he was running from the gunman.

The officer was not injured, and did not discharge his weapon, Parish said.

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