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Driver Shot After Refusing To Race Against Another Car On Atlanta Interstate

Atlanta, GA – A search is underway for a gunman accused of opening fire on another driver for refusing to race him on the Downtown Connector early Tuesday morning.

The attack occurred on I-75/I-85 near 17th Street at approximately 1 a.m. on April 4, WSB reported.

The victim, who was driving a red Dodge Charger, said someone in a silver Audi pulled up next to him and challenged him to a race, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When the driver of the Dodge Charger turned down the invitation, the driver of the Audi allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire on his vehicle, the victim told police.

The gunman then fled the scene.

Officers responded to the area and made contact with driver of the Dodge Charger.

Although he had been shot, police said the victim was conscious and alert when he was rushed to a local hospital, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

He was continuing to recover at the hospital early Tuesday afternoon, according to WAGA.

Details regarding the victim’s condition or the severity of his wounds were not immediately released.

Atlanta police are still searching for the suspect who fired the shots, WAGA reported.

The attack occurred just days after street racers took over an Atlanta intersection near the Georgia State University campus, according to WAGA.

The chaos erupted the night of April 1 and carried over into the next morning.

Drivers were seen spinning donuts at John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Courtland Street as throngs of onlookers cheered them on, WAGA reported.

People jumped on vehicles and someone in a Dodge Charger fired off a gun at one point, according to police.

Georgia State Patrol (GSP) responded to the area to quell the mayhem as a law enforcement helicopter tracked down several street racers from above, WAGA reported.

Multiple people were arrested on reckless stunt driving charges.

No injuries were reported during the chaos, according to WAGA.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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