Woman who responded to online ad robbed, shot in NE Atlanta

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Woman robbed, shot in northeast Atlanta

A woman was robbed and shot early Thursday after apparently being lured to a northeast Atlanta apartment complex by an online advertisement, police said.

The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. at the Edgewood Court apartments on Hardee Street, according to Atlanta police.

“The victim said she was contacted through a website called Backpage to go to the location,” Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said.

Backpage.com is the web-based classified ad service that investigators believe a woman used to meet a former Atlanta police officer now charged with her murder.

Veronica Woodard's burning body was discovered in a city-owned dumping ground in Hapeville on Aug. 22. She had been shot twice in the head. Ex-Atlanta police officer Tahreem Zeus Rana, who was arrested Aug. 28 by U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents while awaiting a flight to Mexico, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In Thursday’s incident, the woman was met in the parking lot by a man who was wearing gloves, Lyon said.

“She asked him why he was wearing gloves and he immediately pulled a gun on her and demanded her wallet and money,” Lyon said. “Another suspect walked up, so she gave the suspects $250. They told her to leave, but as she was driving away, she heard several gunshots and realized that she had been shot.”

The woman was taken to Atlanta Medical Center in stable condition. She could only provide vague descriptions of the suspects, who she said were wearing red shirts and red bandanas.