Girl says gunman attacked her on way to school

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ATLANTA - Atlanta police are looking for a man who they say targeted a 12-year-old girl on her way to school.

With her grandparent’s permission, 12-year-old Destiny Williams told Channel 2 Action News what happened to her Monday morning on her way to Kennedy Middle School.

“So, I’m walking, and if I moved over, he moved over. If I moved over this way, he moved over this way. If I looked back, he looked back. It was like he didn’t want me to see his face,” Destiny said.

Police said moments later, a heavy-set black man  with a scruffy beard and a limp put a gun to the young girl’s back. He then forced Destiny behind a vacant home on Camilla Street, police said.

“(He said) ’All I want is money. I just want money.’ I said, ‘I don’t have any money. You want my phone?’” Destiny said.

Destiny said the man did not care about her phone.

“He told me to unbutton my pants. I’m not gonna unbutton my pants for anybody, so I grabbed the tip of the gun and I threw it, and he grabbed it trying to get back on balance, tried to cock it, but I ran,” Destiny said.

Destiny said she ran off yelling for help and the man ran away as well. A family friend spotted Destiny and took her home.

Destiny’s grandparents said they want her to tell her story as a warning to others.