Jeweler shoots assailant

By Ed Brock

A wholesale jeweler from Illinois shot a man who was trying to drag him out of his car.

The jeweler, whose name was not released, had pulled into the Ramada Inn on Ga. Highway 85 near Forest Parkway around 5:11 p.m. Friday in preparation for checking in when a group of men approached his car, Clayton County Police Maj. Tim Robinson said.

”One of the men broke the window of the car and tried to pull him out,“ Robinson said. ”While they were struggling (the jeweler) reached down, got his gun and fired three rounds.“

The other men ran off after the shooting. Robinson said the man who was shot was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center and was in surgery Friday night.

It is unclear if the 37-year-old jeweler had any valuable jewelry with him or if robbery was the motive for the assault. Robinson said there had been jewelers robbed in similar fashion at Clayton County hotels recently.