3 Bystanders Injured in Shootout at Atlanta Gas Station, Suspect Charged

Innocent bystanders caught in crossfire during Atlanta gas station shootout; suspect with prior murder case denied bond, investigation ongoing.

Shivani Chauhan
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3 Bystanders Injured in Shootout at Atlanta Gas Station, Suspect Charged

3 Bystanders Injured in Shootout at Atlanta Gas Station, Suspect Charged

Three bystanders were caught in the crossfire and injured during a shootout between two groups at a gas station in Atlanta, Georgia. The incident occurred on Tuesday at a Circle K gas station on Candler Road in DeKalb County.

According to police, the two groups started shooting at each other in the parking lot after an argument. The bystanders who were hit by gunfire were not connected to either group. Two men were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and one other man suffered a graze wound.

One witness described the incident as an 'old, cowboy-style shooting' where 'people didn't care.' Surveillance video captured the chaotic scene as the gunfight unfolded.

Police have arrested 34-year-old Darius Morris and charged him with three counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting. A judge denied Morris bond on the charges.

One of the injured bystanders, Atif Ray, was in his car pumping gas when he was shot in the back and chest. The bullet remains lodged in his chest.

Authorities revealed that Morris was previously out on bond in a separate murder case from 2020. In that incident, he allegedly killed the mother of his child but claimed it was self-defense. The DeKalb County District Attorney's office has now filed a motion to revoke Morris' bond from the 2020 case.

The investigation into the gas station shootout is ongoing as police search for two other suspects believed to be involved. Witnesses with additional information are urged to come forward to aid in the case.

Why this matters: The reckless shootout at a public gas station, which injured innocent bystanders, highlights the ongoing issue of gun violence in communities. It also raises questions about the bail system and how individuals accused of serious crimes are released pending trial.

DeKalb County police continue to investigate the shooting incident that left three bystanders wounded. Darius Morris, charged with aggravated assault, remains in custody after being denied bond. Authorities are actively searching for two additional suspects and have called on the public to provide any information that could assist in the investigation.

Key Takeaways

  • 3 bystanders injured in shootout between 2 groups at Atlanta gas station
  • Suspect Darius Morris charged with aggravated assault, denied bond
  • Morris was out on bond in a 2020 murder case when this incident occurred
  • Surveillance video captured the chaotic scene of the 'cowboy-style shooting'
  • Police searching for 2 more suspects, urge witnesses to come forward