Woman on way to church shot in Atlanta neighborhood

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A woman was shot as she drove to church Nov. 16.
  • Story Highlights
  • A woman was hit by a bullet as she drove to church.
  • The 61-year-old was hit in the cheek.
  • Her brother took the wheel and drove them to safety.

A 61-year-old woman was shot in her southwest Atlanta neighborhood as she drove to church, officials said.

“I was on my way to church to clean the church,” she told Channel 2 Action News.

Now, police are searching for the gunmen who fired as many as five shots last Thursday on Oak Drive. 

A bullet came through the windshield and hit the woman’s cheek. She jumped in the back seat of her car as her brother took the wheel and drove them to safety, according to a police report.

She wanted to show her face and what the gunmen did to her, but she asked not to share her name, Channel 2 reported.

“It hit my cheek and, evidently, came back out and they found the bullet in the back seat of the car," she said.

Police said about the same time as the shooting, a hit-and-run crash happened a block away, the report states. Officers later recovered that stolen Nissan Altima, which had been hit by bullets, and told Channel 2 the driver is believed to be the intended target in the shooting. 

The woman is thankful she wasn’t killed and feels blessed by God’s grace.

Living one minute, dead the next minute,” she said. “You know, I think about that could have killed me. It could have been real, real bad, but by the grace of God.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000. 

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