An Atlanta police officer was flagged down just before 1:30 a.m. after the man drove to a gas station seeking help. He had several gunshot wounds to the chest, police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The shooting victim told police he planned to meet a date he contacted online, but when he arrived at their meetup spot, she was with another man who she said was her brother.
Her brother, later identified as 21-year-old Jordan Williams, asked for a ride home in the victim’s red Chevrolet Camaro, the victim told police. When they reached another street a few miles away, he said Williams jumped out of the car and pulled out a gun from his waistband.
“The male then started to fire upon the vehicle, striking the victim,” Daugherty said. “At that time, the victim produced his own weapon and returned fire.”
Investigators believe robbery was the motive behind the shooting. According to WSB, a large amount of cash was found in the Camaro.
While they were speaking with the man at the gas station, another call about a shooting came in, police said. Officers found Williams “bleeding profusely from the leg” and the girl, WSB reported.
“Officers were able to determine that the male and female were the suspects in the shooting of the victim,” Daugherty said.
Both men were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds, and both were in stable condition Tuesday, according to WSB.
Williams was later arrested on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and criminal attempt to commit robbery.
The date, who is not being named because she is a minor, faces a charge of criminal attempt to commit a robbery.
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