Man shot in SUV drives away, dies on busy road in DeKalb, police say

The victim managed to drive away from the scene but did not survive.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach was the first reporter at the scene in DeKalb County during Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

He saw an SUV in the middle of the road with a sheet over the front windshield. Homicide detectives arrived shortly after. 

Most of the shooting took place at the entrance to the Brockett Place Condos, but the victim was able to drive down a driveway, make two left turns onto East Ponce de Leon Avenue then Brockett Road, before he stopped right in the middle of the road.

Police found the man dead inside the Chevrolet Tahoe, which was still running in the center turn lane, about a third of a mile away from the initial scene.

The name of the victim is not yet being released.


Clarkston police said officers were called by neighbors around 4 a.m. regarding shots fired.

Gehlbach counted at least a dozen shell casings on the ground from what appeared to have come from a high-power rifle.

The shooting woke up neighbors, who told Gehlbach they first heard four to five gunshots somewhere close by, then within a couple minutes heard a second, longer round of gunfire right outside.

“It was like four to five gunshots it turned out to be. (I) didn’t realize it at first, then after a minute later, there was bam, bam, bam, bam, apparently 14 at one time,” neighbor Joel Burnett said.

Police said they do not have a description of a possible suspect.

Neighbors Gehlbach talked to said they never looked out to see anyone or another car speed off.

All lanes of Brockett Road were closed south of Stone Mountain Freeway as police investigated.

Gehlbach spoke to a witness who saw bullet holes in the SUV.

"I thought the car had been shot so when I went to my friend's house, she said she had heard about four gunshots or so, and they were moving kind of gunshots," Warren Jaggers said.

Detectives are still looking for anyone who may have seen the initial shooting.

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