Police increase patrols after robberies at park

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

ATLANTA - Atlanta police have increased their presence in one DeKalb County neighborhood after someone robbed and shot a man.

The victim, Terry Winfrey, told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri he feels lucky to be alive. Winfrey has a bandage where the bullet went into his side.

He said things could have been much worse Friday night as he walked through East Lake Park, adjacent to the East Lake Golf Club, on his way to his girlfriend's house.

"A guy came out from behind the tree. He said, 'You know what it is.' I threw everything down," Winfrey told Viteri.

Winfrey said he tossed his wallet and cellphone to the ground, but held on to an envelope in his pocket that held cash he was planning to use to pay bills.

He said one of the men found the envelope and became angry.

"He first had the gun up in mychest, and I grabbed it, grabbed thegun. I tousled tussled with him,and when I went to twist, that's when the gun went off and shot me in the side," Winfrey said.

He believed the decision to fight back saved his life.

"I just said a quick prayer," Winfrey said. "I said, 'If this is how I got to go, I'm ready to go.'"

He took off running after they shot him. He had been on the phone with his girlfriend when the men attacked, Winfrey said. His girlfriend said she heard the exchange and called police.

Winfrey told investigators the men were in a dark-colored Jeep. Atlanta police have increased patrols in the park and the area around it.

Winfrey said other neighbors have reported similar incidents with men matching the same description.

"If they're going to shoot me, they'll shoot somebody else," he said.

He believes the men live in the community and is hopeful someone knows them and will come forward.



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