by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - The husband of a Sandy Springs woman shot during a carjacking told Channel 2 Action News his wife was trying to fight back in the moments before the shooting.
Police recovered the yellow Chevy Camaro Wednesday on Roswell Road, hours after police said two armed men took the car from Israr Shah and his wife, Monique Lassiter outside of their apartment at the Lodge Apartments on Roswell Road.
“All of the sudden this guy came with a bandana on his face holding a gun,” Shah told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “He asked us to get on the floor.”
Shah said he thought the man was joking at first.
“I told him calm down. ‘What do you need, just tell me?’ He said, ‘I need money, go get it, it’s in the car.’ ‘I don’t have anything in my pocket,’” Shah said.
When the masked gunman demanded Lassiter’s purse, Shah said she fought back.
“She said, ‘I’m not gonna give you my purse,’ and then she started hitting him with the purse,” he said.
Shah said after an accomplice showed up, he tried to stop the men from taking his car. That’s when Shah said the gunman opened fire.
“All of a sudden he just shot, and the bullet passed by me,” he said. “I was completely shocked by what happened. The second shot, he shot my wife.”
Shah said as soon as his wife got shot, he let go of the car door and the men took off. He said the bullet hit his wife in the stomach and continued into her leg. She’s in stable condition at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, police said.
“I’m just glad my wife is fine,” he said.