Search for gunman in DeKalb gas station shooting continues


Highlights

Two schools were placed on lockdown.

Though the search for the gunman continues, officials lifted the lockdowns.

The victim is in critical condition, but alert and stable.

A search is underway for a gunman who escaped after shooting and critically injuring someone outside a DeKalb County gas station.

According to DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson, a 21-year-old man was shot in the back about 7:45 a.m. Thursday outside a Chevron on North Hairston Road.

“The victim was standing in the gas station parking lot when the suspect walked up behind him and began firing,” Robertson said.

The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition but is now alert and stable.

The shooter ran north on North Hairston toward an apartment and has not been found, police said.

“We have reason to believe this is drug-related,” Robertson said.

Police dogs and officers are canvassing the area in search of the gunman.

Added Robertson: “We did detain a witness who arrived at the gas station at the same time as the suspect.”

The scene is less than a mile from Hambrick Elementary and Stone Mountain High, and both schools were temporarily placed on lockdowns. Even though the search is ongoing, the lockdowns have been lifted, DeKalb schools spokesman Andre Riley said.

The gunman is believed to be wearing dark clothing and possibly has dreadlocks, police said. 

Anyone with information on the shooting or the gunman is asked to call police.

— Please return to AJC.com for updates.

VIEW: Map of crime in metro Atlanta

NEW: Join the discussion at the AJC's Crime & Safety Facebook group

Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.

In other news:



Next Up in Local

Initial vote set for 350-home subdivision proposed in ‘rural Gwinnett’
Initial vote set for 350-home subdivision proposed in ‘rural Gwinnett’

Gwinnett’s planning commission is scheduled to vote next week on a hotly contested proposal to bring a sprawling new subdivision to a rural area of the county.  The proposed rezoning — which would help pave the way for a 356-home subdivision on about 160 wooded acres near June Ivey and Indian Shoals roads — is slated to be voted...
More than 50 shots fired near Cobb little league baseball game
More than 50 shots fired near Cobb little league baseball game

Families fled from a little league baseball game in Cobb County over the weekend as shots rang out nearby, reports Channel 2 Action News. Cobb police told the station that it isn’t clear what led to the shooting Saturday’s incident at Wallace Park in Austell. “A war zone. It was terrifying,” Sydnee Fraiser told WSB-TV....
UPDATE: 2 killed in wrong-way crash
UPDATE: 2 killed in wrong-way crash

Two people were killed Thursday morning in a wrong-way crash in Carroll County, according to the Georgia State Patrol. One vehicle was heading east on the wrong side of Ga. 166 when it approached two vehicles heading west on the highway in the left lane. The eastbound vehicle hit one of the other vehicles head-on before striking another in the back...
THE LATEST: GBI on scene of officer-involved shooting 
THE LATEST: GBI on scene of officer-involved shooting 

GBI officials are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Villa Rica, according to the agency spokeswoman. The shooting happened at 1607 Bankhead Highway, Nelly Miles said in a tweet. That is the address of the Easy Quick Shop, a local convenience store. Details about the shooting have not been released. EXCLUSIVE: Over the Line: Police shootings...
Bragbook for April 27
Bragbook for April 27

Hapeville resident Katherine E. Hancock was named to the Rhodes College Dean’s Listfor the 2017 fall semester. Jackson Lucas of Atlanta, Lindsay McGowan of Roswell, William O’connell of Peachtree City, Daniel Rogers of Douglasville and Taji Steele of Covington were named to the Seton Hall University Fall 2017 Dean’s list. Amber Hirneisen...
More Stories