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Apartment shooting leaves one wounded

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Trying to drive himself to the hospital after being shot with a shotgun, 25-year-old Quillian Nelson crashed, according to Clayton County police.

Nelson lost control of his black SUV on Sunday, at about 1:15 a.m., veering off Upper Riverdale Road and ending up in the parking lot of the Citco Food Store, at the intersection of Upper Riverdale and Arrowhead Boulevard, Capt. Greg Dickens said.

At the time of the accident, Nelson was less than half a mile from Southern Regional Medical Center.

The 25-year-old was transported to Atlanta Medical Center. On Monday afternoon, he remained in critical condition, according to police, but it wasn't clear if it was caused by the gunshot wounds, the car accident, or both.

"The vehicle struck several fixed objects before coming to rest in the parking lot," Dickens said. "The driver had been shot with what was determined to be bird shot, once in the stomach and once in the back."

Quillian, of Union City, was reportedly shot at 6726 Tara Blvd., Highland Grande Apartments, in front of building 16.

Witnesses told police there were 25 to 30 people "hanging out" in front of the apartments Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Dickens said.

A man allegedly yelled out, "So this is how y'all want this [expletive]," and then there was a series of gunshots, according to police reports.

Witnesses heard between eight and 10 shots fired. Police, arriving at the scene, reported hearing two.

A man allegedly seen with the shotgun was described by witnesses as a black male, heavyset, with dread locks, driving a red, Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Police found a man in the apartment complex matching the description and driving a similar car. They questioned him, but didn't file any charges and, as of Monday, only listed the man as a potential witness to the shooting.

Securing the scene, Police found shotgun shells on the ground and an apartment window apparently broken by a gunshot. Officers were called away by reports of the car accident on Upper Riverdale Road, and there, Nelson reported that he had been shot at the Tara Boulevard apartment complex.

According to police reports, Nelson's wallet had been penetrated with birdshot, there was blood on the drivers seat and the air bag, and paramedics predicted he'd had vital organs injured.

Clayton County police are still investigating the Sunday morning shooting, and ask anyone with information to call the department's tip line at (770) 473-5400.