Charges filed against man who shot alleged car thief

ATLANTA — A man is dead after a shooting at a gas station that appears to have started when someone tried to steal the shooter's car.

The Exxon gas station store owner on the 500 block of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson that Raheem Scott shot the person who was trying to steal his car.

Afterward, witnesses say Scott walked back into the gas station and told employees to call 911.

Police focused on a car, which witnesses say belonged to Scott.




They say at around 7 p.m. Saturday, a man and a woman tried to get in the car.

The store owner says Scott was inside the gas station buying oil when he noticed two people in his car, went outside and started shooting the man, identified as William Blackwell of Tennessee.

One witness says the woman was hysterical.

“She's just screaming, 'Don't shoot him no more. Please don't shoot him no more,'” the witness said.

Murder warrants were secured for Scott in the shooting.

The store's owner says Scott turned himself in and is in police custody.

He told Johnson his cameras didn't capture the shooting but he turned over all the footage he had to police.