The driver of a band of robbers was arrested after one of their victims shot up their SUV outside a food store in southeast Atlanta Friday night.
Several men drove up in a large SUV as the clerks of the Tripe Food Store, Mr. Almayehu Wedija, 37, and Mr. Siye Keberabe, 35, were putting the padlocks on the door, Atlanta police said.
One of the men pulled out a gun and asked Mr. Wedija for the money. The robber hit the clerk in the head with the pistol and the clerk handed him $300, spokeswoman Ms. Kim Jones said.
Mr. Wedija then pulled out a gun and the men took off. One ran away and the others jumped into the SUV as Mr. Wedija opened fire, Ms. Jones said. Mr. Wedija said one of the suspects fired back at him, but police reported no serious injuries.
As one officer responded to the scene of the robbery at 46 Boulevard, another attempted to pull over a large SUV with an expired tag at North Highland and Ponce De Leon avenues, Ms. Jones said.
The driver kept going, but in low speed since he had a flat rear tire, the spokeswoman said. When the SUV reached Ponce and Piedmont avenues, the driver had an accident and attempted to run. The officer caught him after a short foot chase, she said.
It’s unclear what happened to the other suspects. But officers arrested Mr. TaLawrence Vickers, 24, after the clerks were brought to the scene and identified him as one of the robbers and the man who hit Mr. Wedija in the head, Ms. Jones said.
The clerks also identified the SUV, which had two bullet holes in the windshield. An unregistered .40 caliber handgun was found inside the vehicle and another gun, a stolen Glock from Fulton County, was found outside the store.
Officers charged Mr. Vickers with armed robbery, aggravated assault and other charges, Ms. Jones said.