Atlanta police have arrested a man charged in a drive-by shooting in one of the state’s most well-to-do neighborhoods as violent crime continues to spread throughout America’s biggest cities.
Police have arrested Gaelen Newsom, 22, who is charged with shooting at three people and wounding a father of three during his morning walk over the weekend, reports said.
In addition, Newsom is charged with injuring another man after slamming into him with his car.
According to police, Andrew Worrell, 41, was shot twice as he was walking through the Buckhead neighborhood around 8:35 a.m. Saturday. His wife, Anne Pearce Worrell, wrote on Facebook after her husband was wounded that he had walked about a mile into his regular three-mile walk when a vehicle police identified as a silver Hyundai drove up to him.
“The very tinted window rolled down and the guy pointed a gun at him and shot him,” Pearce Worrell noted.
“He thought they may be asking for directions so he stopped. The very tinted window rolled down and the guy pointed a gun at him and shot him, hit him in the upper thigh,” she explained in her post.
“Andrew turned to run and the guy shot him again, this one entering his left hip, hitting his ball and socket before traveling horizontally through this lower abdomen and lodging itself in his right hip area. The guy shot again but missed him as Andrew dove behind a tree. The guy fled,” Pearce Worrell continued, adding that her husband then called 911 and got the attention of passersby who then called her after assisting her husband, one of whom reportedly took off their shirt to staunch the bleeding.
“They stayed with him until police, fire and paramedics arrived,” she wrote.
In a subsequent post, Pearce Worrell updated her followers on her husband’s improving condition.
Police said around 11:30 a.m., a man taking out his trash was intentionally struck by a similar-looking silver vehicle, reports noted. That victim, who was not identified, was rushed into surgery at a local hospital and was still recovering Monday.
Investigators reportedly found “multiple” firearm shell casings in the vehicle, the New York Post noted.
“Based on some ballistic evidence that was recovered from the vehicle, it also appears this may in fact be our suspect from the earlier shooting incidents,” Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton told reporters at a press briefing after the incidents.
Police charged Newsom with one count of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a firearm, and three counts of aggravated assault.
The incidents come as residents of the exclusive neighborhood grow increasingly concerned about rising crime in their area as well as the city in general.
“Given the continued escalating violence, today I have called and made a written request to the police chief that he be present at Monday’s council meeting to share with the full council exactly what is being done to immediately reverse this trend,” City Council President Felicia Moore noted in a statement.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and I do not want to see this just become a political issue to talk about as part of the campaigns,” Moore added.
Violent crime is also rising in other major cities but is being under-reported by the media, according to legal pundit, author, and web entrepreneur Dan Abrams.
“I don’t think the media is culpable, but I agree with you that it is under-reported. I agree that the media ought to be covering more crime waves in certain cities,” the Law & Crime and Mediaite founder told Fox News host Jesse Watters on Saturday.
“Now, some people will tell you, ‘Oh, there’s no crime wave. It’s actually, you know, you have to look at the numbers this way or that way.’ The bottom line is that there is a serious crime problem in big cities around America. And I do think that the media is reluctant to cover that kind of stuff,” he added.
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