Officer stops vehicle rushing to hospital with shooting victim, police say

Victim did not survive

An Atlanta officer stopped a vehicle traveling on the right shoulder of the Downtown Connector on Saturday afternoon and discovered the driver was rushing a gunshot victim to a hospital, police said.

The traffic stop happened around 3:45 p.m. as the driver was traveling north toward Grady Memorial Hospital, according to a police statement. Emergency medical personnel met the driver and victim at the scene of the stop, and he was pronounced dead while on the way to the hospital.

The victim was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 28-year-old Kenny Ponder.

The preliminary investigation revealed the shooting took place at a food mart at 807 Conley Road in southeast Atlanta. It is not clear what time the victim was injured.

No other details have been released by police.

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