Gunfire rings out in Atlanta restaurant parking lot; person shot at nearby gas station

ATLANTA — Dozens of people were caught on camera Sunday night running from gunfire that rang out in the parking lot of a northeast Atlanta restaurant.

Police said an incident started in the parking lot of Loca Luna on Amsterdam Avenue late Sunday night.

Two cars were damaged in the shootings, but no people were injured, according to investigators.

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Around 10:40 p.m., Atlanta police were dispatched to a call of a person shot at a gas station just down the road.

Officers say they found one person shot in the right leg at the BP gas station on Piedmont Ave. They were taken to the hospital and are stable.


Investigators learned that the two incidents were connected. They say the incident started in the restaurant parking lot and somehow spilled over to the nearby gas station.

Police say it is still early in their investigation, so they are working to piece together what led up to the shooting.

Channel 2′s Christian Jennings spoke exclusively with a woman who found herself running for her life. Isabella said she slid beneath a car praying for protection.

“We heard the gunshots from inside then we heard them outside,” Isabella said. “We started running toward the cars, you know, trying to hide behind the cars.”

No information on possible suspects is available.

This is not the first time that gunfire has erupted outside Loca Luna. Police investigated a deadly shooting in the parking lot in October.

Investigators said a 21-year-old man was shot and killed during an argument in the parking lot. The restaurant was closed at the time.

Police made an arrest in November.

Isabella said she was at Loca Luna in March of last year when a woman was shot in the foot.

“The more I think about it, the scarier it is, I guess, like maybe coming out of shock. And it’s like, you know, really realizing like the kind of danger that I was in,” Isabella said.

The owners of Amsterdam Walk said Monday they terminated the lease with Loca Luna. They said in a statement, “The safety and well-being of our patrons and tenants is our top priority.”


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