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June 27, 2013

Toddler shot, wounded outside Atlanta-area store

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — A 2-year-old boy is in stable condition at an Atlanta-area hospital after being shot in the abdomen by a man trying to rob someone outside a supermarket, police said Wednesday.

A good Samaritan tried intervening in a mugging outside a Kroger grocery store in Stone Mountain, an Atlanta suburb, and the suspect later got into an argument with him. The man eventually pulled a gun, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said.

Police said he fired eight to 10 shots into the passerby’s car, wounding the unidentified man’s young son.  

Witnesses told police the boy was carried into the supermarket and was placed on a checkout counter where a pharmacist offered first aid until an ambulance arrived. The shooter fled.

After police arrived, the man’s bullet-riddled Honda that had been parked outside the store was towed from the scene. Its driver’s side windows had been shot out and bullets also marred the car’s hood and windshield.  

The boy was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and was listed in stable condition, police said. His father was not injured.

“He’s very, very upset. His wife is at the hospital with the child. He appears to be a very soft spoken, very kind man and very tearful right now too,” Alexander told WSB-TV ( ).

“We’re going to do everything we can to support him, and we’re going to find the person or persons responsible for this,” he told WGCL-TV ( ).  

Authorities said they were hopeful that a surveillance system recorded clear footage of the gunman.


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