By Ed Brock
A Stockbridge teen who is 8-months pregnant and her boyfriend are in the hospital and two men are facing charges following a Monday morning shoot out at a hotel near Morrow.
Rodricka Allen, 17, may lose her leg but her unborn child was not injured, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said. Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Sharef Parks, also suffered bullet wounds to his legs during the shootout.
Nathaniel Jenkins, 26, of Union City was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the incident and 46-year-old Alvin Jackson of Riverdale was arrested for making false statements.
Around 11:42 a.m. Monday Allen and Parks went to the Chamblee Inn on Old Dixie Highway near the Interstate 75 exit in a silver Mitsubishi Galant that Allen was driving. Parks got out of the car and fired into the window of a room on the second floor of the hotel, according to witnesses at the scene.
As Parks was trying to get back into the car the people in the room came out and at least one person, believed to be Jenkins, fired at the car with an AK-47 assault rifle. The AK-47 was recovered but a 9 mm. handgun that was also used in the shootout was not recovered as of Monday afternoon. An estimated 44 rounds were fired at time.
Allen was hit in the left leg, temporarily lost control of the car and hit another car that was parked nearby. She regained control of her car and they left the hotel, got onto I-75 and drove back to Mt. Zion Road.
They went to the apartment in Bridgewater Mt. Zion Apartments on Mt. Zion Road where they lived with Parks' mother and called for help.
Allen was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by air ambulance and Parks was taken to the same hospital by ground transport. Turner said they suspect Parks may have been in possession of the 9 mm. used in the shootout.
"If that was the case then it may be in that (Bridgewater) apartment complex. We're going to get a warrant to search the complex," Turner said.
After the shootout occupants of the hotel watched detectives identify each shell casing with a yellow, numbered marker. Most of them were reluctant to talk about the incident, but Allen Schrengost said he heard "a small noise" from his shower and went to the window to investigate.
"I looked out and saw them shooting out of the car," Schrengost said.
Turner said he did not know how many people were in the room but did say that Jackson had rented the room.