Police: Teen shot in southwest Atlanta after confronting alleged car thief

A teenager was shot and wounded in southwest Atlanta early Monday after confronting a man he believed had stolen a family member’s car, police said.

The shooting happened about 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of Sylvan Road and Langston Street, according to Atlanta police dispatchers.

Responding officers found the victim, 17-year-old Chrishawn A. Grice, face down on the porch of a nearby house in the 1800 block of Bridgewater Street, police spokeswoman Kim Jones said.

“Grice stated he had been shot by a male in a group of four males,” Jones said, adding that the victim told police that “he knew the male as the person he witnessed steal his aunt’s vehicle.”

The victim told investigators that he “walked up to the male and asked the male why he stole from his family. That is when the male pulled out a gun and started shooting at him,” Jones said.

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Grice was shot in the right elbow, under the left arm pit and in the chest, and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.

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