The panhandler was shot multiple times near the A.M.T. Cafe on North Indian Creek Drive, Channel 2 Action News reported.
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Police: ‘Aggressive panhandler’ shot, critically wounded outside DeKalb cafe

DeKalb County police are investigating after an “aggressive panhandler” was shot and critically wounded outside a popular Ethiopian restaurant. 

Sadam Mohamed, 32, was shot multiple times near the A.M.T. Cafe on North Indian Creek Drive, DeKalb police spokeswoman Michaela Vincent said.

Authorities said the shooting occurred shortly after 4 a.m. as the result of an argument between the victim and suspect. Mohamed was shot in his right leg and his abdomen, according to a police incident report.

A clerk at a nearby QuikTrip told police a man ran into the gas station shortly after the incident and told them his friend had been shot, the report said.

Police have not located the shooter, but they hope surveillance footage from the restaurant and other nearby businesses will help them piece together what happened.

The video allegedly shows Mohamed approaching people in the parking lot. After approaching two men, one of them shot him and then “casually walked” away. The two then drove away in a dark-colored vehicle.

Mohamed was taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition, authorities said.

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