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Passenger shot at Riverdale gas station

By Michael Davis

mdavis@news-daily.com

Clayton County police were on the lookout Wednesday for two black males with dreadlocks, after witnesses said at least one of the men opened fire on three people in a car at a Riverdale gas station.

The shooting happened just after 7 p.m., Tuesday, at the QuikTrip at 93 Upper Riverdale Road, according to Clayton County Police Officer Otis Willis.

Willis said three Asian males, in a red, 1994 Ford Probe, pulled up to a pump at the station, and were told by an attendant it was out of service. As the Probe pulled away, heading northbound in the parking lot, witnesses told police two men standing on the east side of the building, in a shadowy area, opened fire on the car. Police said the car was struck multiple times, and one of the passengers was shot in the head.

"As the car was coming toward them, they were shooting at the car," Willis said.

He said more than 10 shots were fired, striking the front of the car and the windshield, and that multiple shell casings were found at the scene.

He said the driver of the car turned, struck another vehicle and stopped the car on top of some bushes near the roadway, without leaving the parking lot. He said he knew of no other injuries reported in the incident.

"It's truly saddening to hear about this because, sadly, more people could've gotten hurt," Willis said.

He said witnesses told police the suspects ran westbound, in front of the QuikTrip, after the shooting, then toward a parking lot behind the station where they got into a small, brown car and drove off.

He said the passenger, who was shot, was alive when he was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center Tuesday evening. He did not have information on the victim's identity or condition Wednesday.

Willis said detectives on Wednesday were working to determine a motive in the shooting. He asked that anyone with information in the case call the Clayton County police tipline at (770) 473-5400.