A trip to the grocery store almost cost a 24-year-old woman her life after she was robbed and shot at a local Kroger. Police said a second shopper also had a gun pointed at him during another robbery attempt.
The shooting happened at the Kroger in the Edgewood retail district Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. The victim is now recovering at a local hospital.
“Going in and you’re scared. You’re just going grocery shopping,” Dr. Shastity Driscoll said.
Shoppers like Driscoll told Channel 2′s Tom Jones that they think crime is out of control in the area. They are concerned about their safety especially after Wednesday night’s shooting.
“It’s kind of crazy that you have to be careful going to the grocery store,” neighbor Ryan Stubblefield said. “I live in these apartments. I heard the shot.”
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Atlanta police told Channel 2 Action News the victim was parked at the Kroger and noticed three young black men.
One showed her a gun and stole her purse. When they asked for her car, she refused and the gunman shot her in the upper thigh, according to police.
Driscoll said she was in the parking lot during the shooting. She shops here all the time and was unnerved by the violence.
“We did hear the people say ‘You step back or we will shoot you,’” she said.
Police said the incident was captured on surveillance video and so was the red and orange Dodge Challenger the suspects left in.
Meanwhile, many shoppers are thinking about the victim.
“My heart reaches out to her. That’s your worst nightmare,” Stubblefield said.
Police said a man leaving the Target in the shopping center told them the same gunman approached him. Atlanta police urged anyone with information to contact them.
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