A 30-year-old student was shot multiple times after stopping at a Shell gas station in southwest Atlanta.
Morehouse college student Geoffrey Willis is recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital after suffering from gunshot wounds to his legs and chest on Sunday afternoon. The Atlanta Police Department is on the hunt for three suspects who fled the scene after trying to steal the victim’s vehicle.
“It’s just really not safe for our children out here,” a frequent customer at the Atlanta gas station told WSB-TV.
Willis stopped at a Shell gas station that’s less than a half-mile from Morehouse campus. He reportedly was coming from a luncheon with his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers when he parked at a gas pump and went inside the convenience store. That was when one of the suspects attempted to steal his vehicle.
The student emerged from Shell and confronted the suspect, who jumped in a getaway car. A passenger in the escape vehicle then shot Willis before the three suspects took off. Authorities were called to the gas station just a little before 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta police said described the three suspects as juveniles who may have been driving a stolen Black Mercedes.
The victim’s mother will be flying in from Virginia to be by her son’s side in the hospital. Willis is in stable condition.
The shooting of the Morehouse student comes after three other carjackings near the Atlanta University Center that happened in late September and early October. Atlanta police say the shootings were not related.