Published on June 30th, 2016 |3
Woman shot at Lenox Square during parking lot robbery attempt
According to Atlanta Police, the couple was not aware they were being followed by two men until one of the men wielding a gun got into the back seat of their car, right next to the infant’s car seat.
“They [the two men] watched them go into Forever Diamonds store. They watched them browse. And then they followed them out, thinking they had made a purchase,” said Atlanta Police.
The men approached the shoppers in the parking lot, but they had not made a purchase, police said. Investigators said one of the men got into the backseat of the shoppers’ Audi and then shot the woman in her stomach as she turned toward the backseat.
The child’s father (reportedly the woman’s boyfriend) then tried to drive the mother—who was in the passenger seat after the shooting—to Piedmont Hospital in south Buckhead, but only made it as far as the parking lot of the Benihana restaurant, located in the 2100 block of Peachtree Road just a few blocks away from the hospital, police reported.
The woman, the name of whom had not yet been released, was said to be in surgery late Wednesday night at the hospital. There was still no word on her condition on Thursday afternoon. The couple reportedly was visiting from South Carolina.
Meanwhile, police investigators spent the evening in the parking lot of the Buckhead restaurant carefully checking the backseat of the white four-door car, trying to lift any fingerprints or discover any other evidence that would help lead them to the armed robber.
Mayor introduces new anti-crime plan
Earlier in the day Wednesday, Mayor Kasim Reed outlined the public safety summer operations initiative created by the Atlanta Police Department that focuses on suppressing seasonal crime based on current and historic crime patterns within the City of Atlanta.
The plan focuses on a three-pronged approach of maintaining flexibility and an ability to move resources quickly based on emerging needs and crime trends; establishing the Gun Violence Reduction Task Force, which includes partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; and an enhanced visibility and community presence.
“Public safety is my number one priority, and over the past six years of my administration, crime in the city of Atlanta has dropped by 24 points,” said Mayor Reed.
“The summer of 2015 was tough for our city. Today, our message to Atlanta’s residents and visitors is that we are completely focused on preventing and reducing crime this summer,” Reed said. “We will meet this goal by maintaining flexibility and by working in close collaboration with our federal, state and local partners, by focusing on gun related violence and making continued investments in our public safety departments.”
Reed was joined by APD Chief George N. Turner, Atlanta Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Randall Slaughter, Department of Corrections Chief Patrick Labat and Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordon.
Representatives from six federal and local law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office Georgia Northern District, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were present at the briefing. These agencies will offer significant contributions in incident response and follow-up investigations, as well as federal prosecution on qualified cases.