Police: Man who shot victim over $5 arrested

ATLANTA — Police have arrested a man they say shot another man in the back twice during a robbery.

A group of friends said they came to the Bulldogs bar Monday night to get a drink after work. A stranger was outside and tried to strike up a conversation, then followed the group inside. When they all left, the said shots were fired.

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes spoke to a witness who asked her to  hide his identity because the gunman who shot his friend Monday night has not been arrested.

"I was begging for him not to shoot," the witness said.


The witness said he got a bad feeling when he noticed the guy was lurking around. They said the stranger followed them to a car deck around the corner..

"He started yelling obscenities, such as 'Hey, which one is with who? I wanna have sex with one of you guys.' He then screamed that he was homeless and that he wanted to know if one of us could give him some money," the witness told Fernandes.

The witness said he gave him five dollars hoping he’d go away but it just made things worse.

"He literally pulled up his shirt and pulled out a gun," he explained.

Most of the group ran but the witness and one friend were in shock. They said the gunman forced them to undress and the friend decided to run.

"He shot twice, a shot him in his back twice," he said.

The victim is still in the hospital.

Police identified the suspect as 47-year-old Elijah Payton, who they said is responsible for another shooting in September.

Elijah Payton 

Authorities said Payton is "extremely dangerous."