ATLANTA - Police said they are investigating a homicide after a man was shot in the abdomen on Marietta Boulevard in northwest
Atlanta around 3 p.m. near Chattahoochee Avenue.
Hamilton said he ran to help when he saw a van stop suddenly in the middle of Marietta Boulevard Friday afternoon.
"It looked like a hammer had struck his head several times," Hamilton told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.
Police said the driver, Ronald Clark, 57, was hit with a hammer and then shot in what appears to be a robbery.
"The gun was laying there and the bullets had ejected out of it. The cartridge had come out of the gun. It looked like there was a struggle for the gun," Hamilton said.
Investigators are looking into whether someone got into Clark's furniture installation van without him knowing and then attacked.
"It could possibly have been someone was lying in wait in his vehicle but that's not been confirmed at this point in time," said Sgt. Ricardo Vazquez with the Atlanta Police Department.
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Ghant said Clark was a trusting person who often left his doors unlocked. He wonders if that's what made him vulnerable.
Witnesses said the man who got out of the van, ran to a waiting black Jeep Cherokee with several people inside which sped off southbound on Marietta Boulevard.
They also said that Jeep had white cloth over the license plate so you couldn't read the number.
"I've never seen anything like this, just see somebody just pounded with a hammer. I don't know what's happening in America," Hamilton said.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.
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