ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police charged a 22-year-man with firing gunshots at joggers, hitting one of them in the leg, before crashing his car into a man taking out the trash outside his apartment.
Anne Worrell said her husband, Andrew, was out for his regular morning run Saturday when she got a call from a stranger saying her spouse had been shot.
“It was a sweet lady who had stopped after Andrew flagged her down," Worrell told WXIA-TV. "Another guy who lived right there took his shirt off and used it as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.”
Police arrived and found Worrell's husband had gunshot wounds to his leg and hip. He was treated at a hospital.
Meanwhile, police received calls that two more joggers in the area had been target by gunfire, though neither was hit, Deputy Atlanta Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. told news outlets. Witnesses said the shots came from a passing silver sedan.
Police found a Kia Forte that matched that description about three hours later, when the car's driver ran into a man taking out the trash at his apartment building. Atlanta police said the victim was seriously injured, having been pinned between the sedan and an unoccupied pickup truck. He was rushed to an area hospital for surgery.
Police arrested the driver of the car, 22-year-old Gaelen Newsom. Inside the vehicle, they also found shell casings from fired bullets. Hampton said investigators believed the casings will match bullets fired at the joggers.
“We have information that he may have been suffering from some type of mental health crisis,” Hampton said of Newsom.
Newsom was charged with attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney representing him.