Police: College student says woman shot her as she drove near campus

ATLANTA — Police are trying to determine who shot a Clark Atlanta University student as she drove through a neighborhood, causing her to crash.

Atlanta police said 19-year-old Daeja Craddick was in surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital overnight, after someone shot her in the back.

Atlanta police told Channel 2's Darryn Moore that officers got a call that a car jumped a curb and crashed. Craddick was found behind the steering wheel suffering from a gunshot wound.

“Once they arrived, they saw some citizens attempting to render aid to a female,” Capt. Reginald Moorman with the Atlanta Police Department said.

The crash happened at the intersection of Lawton and Lucile avenues in southwest Atlanta.

A bullet pierced through her driver's side door and hit her in the back.


Craddick lost control of her sedan and crashed into a large wooden planter.

There are new questions about who shot her.

“We're trying to determine the whole story as to what happened,” Moorman said.

Police told Channel 2 investigators have reason to believe the shooting was not random. Craddick told police she was on her way to pick up her boyfriend but told us that story isn't adding up. Investigators also spoke to Craddick's boyfriend.

“There have been some inconsistencies in the story. We’re trying to determine actually what happened,” Moorman said.

Channel 2's Justin Wilfon spoke to some neighbors Tuesday afternoon. They said they want more answers about the shooting and crash that happened right in front of their homes.

“It’s just terrible. It’s terrible that shootings like that have to happen no matter what," said Pamela Graves.

Police have no information on the shooter.

The woman was listed as stable as of Tuesday morning.

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