• Gunman opens fire on car with 2 men sitting inside

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    ATLANTA - Atlanta police are looking for someone who shot at two young men parked at a gas station early Wednesday morning.

    The men told police they got lost and pulled off Interstate 75 to look up directions at the Exxon station on Cleveland Avenue.

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach talked to the victims, who said they think they were randomly targeted. 

    Trevor Phinazee and Carlton Glanton said a few minutes after they stopped around 3:30 a.m., a gunman came around the side of the building and started firing.

    Phinazee and Glanton said they heard 4 to 5 shots and ducked.

    Only their car was hit, with one bullet hitting the wheel and lodging in one of the tires.

    "It ricocheted from here to here and also got caught in the other tire," Glanton told Gehlbach.


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    The men said they didn't get a good look at the shooter.

    The two men then immediately drove off and called 911 from down the road. They don’t know why someone would have targeted them. 

    “We were both frightened because we don’t put ourselves in those type of areas, don’t know much about Cleveland Avenue like that, but at this point, when the shooting was going on, I just made sure he was OK, he made sure I was OK and we got away from the scene as quickly as possible,” said victim Carlton Glanton.

    The shooting punctured both of Glaton's back tires. 

    Witnesses said it may just be one in a series of shootings in the Cleveland Avenue area. Glanton said he thinks it may even have been a gang initiation and he and Phinazee were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    "We're just thanking God we're alive," Glanton told Gehlbach. 

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