Man arrested in DeKalb shooting that injured 3 bystanders

The shooting happened in the 2000 block of Candler Road near a gas station.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

The shooting happened in the 2000 block of Candler Road near a gas station.

A man has been arrested after a shootout in a DeKalb County parking lot left three bystanders injured Tuesday evening, police said.

The gunfire occurred in the 2000 block of Candler Road near a Circle K gas station and a smoke shop at around 8:20 p.m. Officers said they found two men, ages 32 and 44, suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

A 39-year-old man was also grazed by a bullet but was not taken to a hospital, police added.

On Wednesday morning, officials confirmed that Darius Morris, 34, of Decatur, had been arrested. He was booked into the DeKalb jail just before 5 a.m. on three counts of aggravated assault.

The incident began after two groups of people opened fire, officials confirmed.

“All three victims appear not to be related to either of the two groups involved,” according to police.

Surveillance footage obtained by Channel 2 Action News showed several people shooting at the gas station. It also appears to show at least three people shooting from a black car.

Several vehicles were hit, and bystanders could be seen attempting to take cover, the video reveals.

Atif Ray told Channel 2 from his hospital bed that he was looking down at his phone inside his Jeep pickup truck when he heard a pop. He attempted to drive off but was unable and was shot twice while still sitting inside his truck.

“I don’t care about who shot me. I’m just glad to be here,” he told the news station.

No further information was released about what led to the shooting, and police did not say if they expect to make additional arrests. Morris remains in jail without bond.

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