Seek­ing date, man got shot, robbed, cops say

Three at­tack­ers and date stole his car, crashed it, then fled, au­thor­i­ties say.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Chelsea Prince chelsea.prince@ajc.com

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.

JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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.

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