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Lyft driver, passengers ambushed when gunman opens fire, cops say

Bullet holes and blood were left in a Lyft driver’s car after a man, who is believed to be a female passenger’s former lover, opened fire outside a southwest Atlanta home Saturday. 

“Some guy ran up to my window and started banging on it,” the driver told Channel 2 Action News. “At that point, (the female passenger) tells me to drive.”

The driver asked not to be identified. 

Just as he put the car in gear, the suspect opened fire, hitting the male passenger, Channel 2 reported. 

The driver was dropping off Curtis Wright and his girlfriend Lotandra Brooks when the shooting happened, according to a police report. 

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Wright and Brooks were picked up at Greenbriar Mall, police said. The driver agreed to drop them off in separate locations. Brooks was dropped off first in the 2400 block of Hanford Drive in southwest Atlanta. 

During that drop-off, police said the suspected shooter began beating on the car before firing off rounds. One of the shots landed in Wright’s left shoulder. 

The Lyft driver took Wright to  Atlanta Medical Center and then headed to a Walmart in East Point to flag down an officer, according to the report. 

Wright was later transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and is expected to be OK, police said. 

Brooks told police her ex-boyfriend was the shooter, but according to the report, investigators could not lift any fingerprints off the car to match it to a possible suspect.

The car’s rear windows and front passenger windows were shattered by the gunfire, police said. 

“The cop said I was lucky the bullets went around me,” the driver told Channel 2. “I literally shrunk into the wheel and accelerated.” 

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