A MARTA bus late Wednesday got caught in the crossfire of a shootout near a southwest Atlanta gas station.
A stray bullet shattered a bus window, and a 17-year-old passenger was slightly injured as a result of the shattered glass, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Donald Hannah said.
Police said the gunfight started just before 11 p.m. when a black BMW approached a man and a woman in a green Dodge Magnum at the RaceWay in the 3500 block of Campbellton Road.
A passenger in the BMW pulled out a gun. The 31-year-old man in the Dodge Magnum retrieved a gun as well.
“Multiple gunshots were exchanged,” Hannah said. “The female victim was unharmed, but the male victim [in the Dodge Magnum] was shot in the back.”
He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to Channel 2 Action News.
The woman’s purse was stolen at some point in the incident, Hannah said.
The BMW took off eastbound on Campbellton Road and stopped in the roadway to fire “multiple more rounds,” Hannah said.
Two cars, a church van and the MARTA bus were hit with bullets.
It was not clear if anyone in the BMW or the other cars was hit. No one was in the church van, police said.
The MARTA bus passenger, who suffered facial injuries, only required a Band-Aid, police said.
“The bus was on Route 183 Barge Road Kiss/Ride,” MARTA spokeswoman Alisa Jackson said.
Even though the BMW leaked an oil track to McDonough Boulevard and Grant Street, police have not found the car.
The RaceWay gas station gun battle was one of two overnight shootings in Atlanta.
Three people are recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting outside a liquor store on the city’s northwest side.
Police said a white SUV pulled up outside Henry's Pack-a-Sack on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard just before 11:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers said up to four people in the SUV started shooting, and a 31-year-old woman and two men, ages 43 and 50, were wounded.
All were taken to a local hospital. They are expected to survive.
“Several .223 casing were recovered in the roadway,” Hannah said. “One of the victim’s vehicles was also struck.”
Police later impounded the vehicle for processing.
No one has been arrested.
It is unclear what caused the shootings outside the liquor store and the gas station.
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