One dead, another wounded as gunmen open fire on car

Atlanta police Wednesday were investigating a drive-by shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.

Atlanta police Major Keith Meadows told the AJC that the victims had just left the Pearl Bistro on Greenbriar Parkway around 4 a.m., and were driving down Langford Parkway when they “encountered the suspect’s vehicle.”

The victims told police that just as they turned onto Lakewood Avenue, the suspects “pulled alongside of them, produced a handgun and for no apparent reason, began to discharge that weapon into their vehicle.”

One passenger in the car was struck in the chest and back, and a second passenger was hit in the buttocks.

The victims’ vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a utility pole, and the man who had been shot in the buttocks got out of the car.

The driver, realizing that the second man had also been shot, “began to drive him toward the hospital when his vehicle became inoperable on I-75 north,” Meadows said. “At that point, EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital, but he was dead on arrival.”

Meadows said investigators had not determined a motive for the shooting, but were still interviewing the driver and the second passenger, who was recovering from the gunshot wound to the buttocks.

The victims reported that there had been no earlier altercation at the Pearl Bistro, Meadows said. Police had no suspects or description of the suspects' vehicle.

Staff photographer John Spink contributed to this article.