Midtown shooting survivor testifies against suspect

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"I couldn't feel my legs,” Lauren Garcia said, of a shooting in midtown Atlanta that left her paralyzed.
ATLANTA —

Witnesses, including a paralyzed victim, testified Tuesday in the trial for a man accused of shooting three women in midtown Atlanta.  

Channel 2's Dave Huddleston went to the Fulton County Courthouse, where 23-year-old Nkosi Thandiwe stood trial. Police said he opened gunfire in a parking garage, killing Brittany Watts and injuring two others in July 2011. Prosecutors said Thandiwe surrendered to police, and they found the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it.

Family members began to cry as surveillance video showing the final moments of Watts’ life was played in court. She was shot as she stepped off an elevator.

“The defendant carjacked 26-year-old Brittany Watts in a parking deck, shot her, back of the neck,” prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said.

More surveillance video showed Watts’ black Prius speeding from the midtown parking garage and people running for cover. Prosecutors said Thandiwe was shooting at random through the car window. At the time, he was a security guard in the midtown parking ramp.

Investigators said Lauren Garcia was one of the three victims. She told the court she was crossing Crescent Street when the shots were fired.

“Then, I just fell to the ground and landed on my stomach and caught myself on my hands and realized that I couldn't move my legs and couldn't walk, and I couldn't feel my legs,” Garcia said.

She is now paralyzed from the waist down.

So far, the defense hasn't questioned many of the state's witnesses, but asked the jury to carefully listen to all the evidence.
 
“I ask that you do what you told us you would do, and that's hold the state to their burden, proving each and every element beyond a reasonable doubt,” defense attorney Wesley Bryant said.

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