Shooting of Clark Atlanta University student was not random, police say

A 19-year-old Clark Atlanta University student was shot in the back early Tuesday as she was driving near campus, police said.

According to Atlanta police, Daeja Craddick lost control of her Acura sedan after she was hit, causing her to jump a curb and crash at the intersection of Lawton Street and Lucile Avenue in southwest Atlanta.

Several witnesses to the crash rushed to help Craddick before police arrived about 12:30 a.m, Atlanta police Capt. Reginald Moorman told Channel 2 Action News.

“Her vehicle was actually involved in an accident at this intersection,” Moorman said from the scene. “We do have one bullet hole in her vehicle.” 

 

The bullet went through the driver’s side door and hit the student in the back, the news station reported. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Police are still working to piece together what happened. Craddick told investigators she was on her way to pick up her boyfriend when another woman shot her, police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said.

“Officers received information the victim may have been involved in a dispute earlier in the day; however, investigators have determined that information to be inaccurate,” he said. “Investigators have reason to believe this shooting was not random and they continue actively working to determine the circumstances surrounding this shooting.”

Police have also been in contact with Craddick’s boyfriend, but Moorman said investigators question his account of events. 

“There have been some inconsistencies in the story thus far, so we actually want to go into more depth in the story to determine actually what happened,” he said.

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