ATLANTA - Neighbors in one community said they're on alert after a recent carjacking attempt ended with a woman shooting her attacker.
The incident happened at a Ponce Highlands neighborhood a block from Ponce de Leon and North Highland avenues.
Police said the attacker couldn't get the key in the ignition and then put his gun down because he didn't know how to drive a stick shift. Officers said that’s when the woman grabbed his gun and shot him.
Braxton Davis was one of several neighbors on Blue Ridge Avenue who heard a woman screaming for help on May 3. Police said the woman had just gotten into her car around 10:30 p.m. when Sebastian Fontana walked up.
“At that point, she locked the doors to the vehicle. The male came up to the window and displayed a firearm in order for her to allow him into the vehicle,” said Atlanta police Officer John Chafee.
Chafee said the woman let him in and Fontana told her, "We're going to have some fun." The woman also described Fontana as having a weird laugh.
Police said Fontana got frustrated because he didn't know how to drive a manual transmission. He put the gun down in his lap and the woman grabbed it and tried to get out of the car.
“The suspect grabbed her, bit her several times and attempted to pull her back in the vehicle,” Chafee said.
Investigators said Fontana bit her on the arm, leaving visible marks, and at some point she used his own gun to shoot him in the leg.
“It's fortunate that it happened in a community like this. You always hope that your neighbors will step up and help out,” Davis said.
Neighbors called 911 and ran outside to help and keep an eye on Fontana, who police said they found in the middle of the street.
Investigators said he had over $1,100 on him at the time and his own car was parked nearby. Police said there's no way to know what he intended to do next.
“In this case, she did see an opening and she took it and it worked out for her and we were able to get the suspect into custody,” Chafee said.
Neighbors said it's common for people to park on the street and walk over to the restaurants and shops just a block away. It's something they're more aware of now, and keep an eye out for anyone or anything suspicious.