A Morehouse College student was shot multiple times during an attempted carjacking at a gas station in southwest Atlanta, officials said.
The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, and officers are looking for three people who left the area after the shooting, Atlanta police said in a statement. Channel 2 Action News identified the injured man as 30-year-old Geoffrey Willis.
Police were called to a Shell gas station on Lee Street shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The gas station is less than a half-mile from Morehouse.
A preliminary investigation indicates that one of the three people attempted to steal Willis’ car. The victim confronted him, and one of the others shot him from a nearby car, police said.
Willis was hit in the leg and chest.
Channel 2 reported that he was at a luncheon with fraternity brothers at Morehouse before the attempted carjacking. His mother planned to fly in from Virginia, according to the news station.
Descriptions of the assailants have not been released. However, the Morehouse College Police Department described them as juveniles who may be traveling in a stolen black Mercedes.
The incident comes weeks after three carjackings near Morehouse and a shooting near Clark Atlanta University that left a student paralyzed.
Atlanta police determined the incidents, which occurred in late September and early October, were not related.
Officials said they hope the additional assistance will “ensure these crimes come to a stop.”
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