by: Tom Regan Updated:
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - A gunman stealing a car from a Walmart parking lot in Stone Mountain early Saturday morning shot and wounded a Walmart employee who walked into the middle of the carjacking.
Gwinnett police said two men had stolen a car from
Atlanta and were waiting for a customer to pull into the parking lot on Rockbridge Road to steal another car.
"The suspects in this case lay in wait, we believe, specifically for the opportunity to carjack or steal another car," said Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Smith showed Channel 2's Tom Regan parking lot surveillance video of the attack.
A driver in a blue Honda sedan pulls into a parking space and is approached by two men. One of the men demands car keys and personal items from the driver.
As the robbery is under way, the Walmart worker is walking nearby to enter the store for his overnight shift. He and one of the robbers exchange words.
After the worker leaves to walk to the store, the robber opens fire and shoots the employee in the back of the leg.
"The worker didn't know what was going on. He continued to walk to the store, and that is when he was shot," Smith said.
The video shows the worker hurriedly limping into the Walmart after he was shot.
Police said his injury was not life-threatening. The carjackers abandoned the stolen Honda in Atlanta, where it was found Sunday.
Police said a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting
was found inside the vehicle.
Police suspect the same two men may be responsible for as many as four other recent carjackings in metro Atlanta.