Seeking date, man got shot, robbed, cops say
Three attackers and date stole his car, crashed it, then fled, authorities say.
A man was planning to meet a woman he contacted online when he was ambushed, robbed and shot in a southeast Atlanta neighborhood Thursday morn- ing, police said.
His three attackers and his date allegedly stole his car to make their getaway, but the joyride was short-lived. The crew crashed the car into a utility pole before they could leave the neighborhood.
The first call came in to Atlanta police about 5 a.m. when the unidentified shooting victim knocked on a woman’s door on Villa Circle, asking for help. While they were responding to that call, another came in about a car crash less than a mile away on Cologne Drive.
Both crime scenes are near Heritage Academy Elementary School. The investigation did not affect operations at the school, according to an Atlanta Public Schools spokesman.
Police said the woman waited outside a home on in the 300
block of Blair Villa Drive and the men attacked when the victim pulled into the driveway. They stole his belongings and pistol-whipped him before they took his car keys, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender said.
“After the suspects took his phone and wallet, he heard gunshots and realized that he had been shot,” Bender said. “At this time, the three males and the woman got into the victim’s vehicle and fled the location.”
The victim was shot twice, in the chest and in the wrist, she said. He ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
The woman who reported the shooting said she woke up to the man’s shouts.
“He was just banging on the door, ringing the doorbell,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “He was saying, ‘Please help! I’ve been shot.’”
By the time she realized what was happening and came to the window to see who it was, the man was running away, she said.
One street away on Cologne Drive, Johnnie Kate Ringer said a white sedan crashed outside her house. All the lights went out, and her children ran outside to investigate. They heard voices.
“My daughter and my nephew said they heard somebody talking and leaving, running away,” Ringer said. None of her family members saw the car’s occupants.
Neither woman knew two investigations were taking place in their neighborhood. The caller who reported the shooting said she wasn’t surprised.
“I’ve been living here all my life,” she said. “It’s not the most desirable neighborhood, but I mean, what can you do?”
The shooting victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police are still looking for the assailants.
“Any persons found to be a party to the crime will be charged accordingly; the investigation is ongoing,” Bender said.
Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting Crime Stoppers’ website.
Atlanta police work the scene Thursday on Cologne Drive after a car hit a utility pole. Police earlier were called to a Blair Villa Drive home after a man with gunshot wounds showed up seeking help. His attackers reportedly stole and crashed his car.