ATLANTA - Police are investigating a drive-by shooting on I-75 north near downtown that left a Los Angeles woman wounded in the face.
The woman, who was driving a rental car, was traveling with her husband around 2 a.m. Friday after leaving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when the shooting occurred, according to a police report referenced by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The couple had arrived in the city two hours earlier to attend a son's baseball tournament and were on their way to a Marietta hotel, they told police.
As the couple traveled on I-75 near Northside Drive, they said a man emerged from either the sunroof or passenger window of a dark vehicle that was traveling ahead of them in a left lane and began shooting at their rental car.
The woman was shot in the face, with the bullet entering her check.
"She was apparently able to maintain control of the vehicle long enough to pull over and let the male passenger take the wheel and drive to Piedmont Hospital, which was a short drive from their location," APD spokeswoman Kim Jones said in a statement to Channel 2 Action News.
The officer investigating the shooting said the couple's vehicle had at least five bullet points of entry, including two in the windshield.
The couple said they were not involved in any road rage incident before the shooting.
"Based on their story, the incident appears to be a random act of violence," Jones said.
The couple gave conflicting descriptions of the vehicle in which the shooter was traveling. The man said it was either a Chevrolet Impala or Malibu, while the shooting victim said it was an SUV.
The driver said the shooter was a black male wearing white shirt. He was holding "a long gun" that he was holding with both hands.
The woman was admitted to Piedmont in stable condition.