by: Tony Thomas Updated:
ATLANTA - A woman visiting Atlanta said she and a friend were held up and shot at leaving a popular Inman Park restaurant.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said the attack happened just after midnight Sunday. She and her friend had left the Barcelona restaurant and were walking along North Highland Avenue when a nicely-dressed man put a gun to her friend’s back.
“We had just left the restaurant and he came up behind her,” the woman told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.
She said the encounter then turned violent.
"I didn't know if he was trying to take her purse or her, so I got involved,” she said. “He pointed the gun at us, and he said, ‘You’re next,’ and he shot towards my head, but we both dropped to the ground at that point."
She said as she and her friend dove into some nearby bushes, the gunman grabbed what he could and ran.
"He grabbed her purse and charged $5,000 worth of stuff that night on her card," the woman said.
She said police already have surveillance video of the man charging some of the items. He spent $3,400 online and more at local convenience stores. Atlanta police confirmed the incident, saying a detective is working the case but gave no further details.
The woman said she and her friend remain shaken up and angry over the attack.
“Two young girls should be able to walk out of a restaurant and be safe,” she said.