Knowing they’d be forced to turn around, Harper ran inside and grabbed his .380 pistol.
“I was waiting for them,” he said. Harper estimates he fired two to three bullets, which might have contributed to the driver crashing the van less than a block away. A small amount of blood was found inside the vehicle.
“It’s badly damaged,” said Harper, who was to have returned to work Monday following the summer break. He’s home recovering instead.
His neighborhood is “fairly quiet,” he said. “Everyone sticks together.”
While some high-profile carjackings have captured headlines in the city of Atlanta, DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said she has not heard of any in her jurisdiction for several months.
Regardless, Harper said he was surprised to end up a victim.
“I drive a minivan,” he said. “It’s nothing special.”
An arrest was made in the case late Monday morning. Parish said the name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.
--Staff writer Katie Leslie contributed to this report.