DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police in DeKalb County said the victim of an attempted violent crime shot three of their attackers Friday afternoon, in a busy shopping center parking lot in broad daylight.
Police said the victim shot at the people who tried to rob him, and they fired back. The ordeal happened around 4:15 p.m. outside of the Kroger parking lot located along Wesley Chapel Road near S. Hairston Road.
Police said a group of people, at least one of which was armed, followed a man and woman to the parking lot, where investigators believe they planned to rob or carjack the victim.
Police said the victim was able to shoot the three suspects during an exchange of gunfire. The victim nor any innocent bystanders were hit. Various cars were seen with damage from gunshots as a result of the exchange of fire.
"It was like the Wild Wild West. I was terrified," said Angela Key, whose was sitting in her car as it was struck by several bullets; one of the suspects even used her car as a shield and she ducked for cover, too, before driving away. "I'm just glad I'm safe," she said.
Numerous witnesses said they heard gunshots and then commotion. Police said a wounded person entered into the Kroger, prompting staff to call 911.
"There was a trail of blood. He dragged himself into Kroger. It was awful, awful," one shaken customer said.
SKYFOX 5 flew over the scene just after 4:30 p.m. and spotted a large area of the parking lot in front of the Kroger and several other shops roped off with police tape.
Police transported two on the men with gunshot wounds to the hospital. One later showed up at an area hospital. All are expected to be okay.
The names of those involved have not yet been released.