The Atlanta Police Department is investigating an incident where a woman was shot while riding in a car down Interstate 85 in Buckhead.
According to a news release, on June 14 at about 4:45 a.m. officers responded to a 911 call about an individual being shot on I-85 northbound at Lindbergh Drive. When they arrived, they found a woman with a gunshot wound.
“Preliminary investigation found that the victim was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on I-85 with a black sedan pulled alongside of the vehicle and someone began shooting,” the release stated. “The victim was wounded, and the driver pulled over. The suspect vehicle fled. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition and the investigation is continuing.”
In a June 14 news conference at police headquarters, Capt. Jason Smith said investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the drivers of the suspect’s and the victim’s vehicles.
“That escalated to a gun battle between those two vehicles,” he said. “When police arrived we did recover a weapon. The female victim is in stable condition right now.”
Smith added the police did recover a weapon from the car carrying the victim, and charges could be leveled against the driver. He also said the suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark-colored SUV.
This incident is one of several in the past year in which individuals have been shot while driving or riding down a major highway in Atlanta. Smith said the incidents are not related, but “in most of these there’s a common denominator of road rage.”
“(It’s) somebody cutting off someone in a lane, a horn gets honked. Someone may flip the bird and it escalates from there,” he said. “… So I would remind everybody to be a courteous driver, right? Use your blinker. If somebody cuts you off, it’s not the end of the world. Let’s just all go on about our day. You never know what’s going on with that other car. Just relax.”