A Georgia gun owner is labeled a hero after stopping a car thief and saving the life of the woman clinging to the hood.
A Georgia concealed carry permit holder put a stop to an attempted carjacking at the Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna on Friday afternoon.
While the victim was vacuuming her vehicle, a teenage male came out of a red van parked next to her and attempted to drive away with her car. The suspect began to speed up after the owner of the white Honda jumped onto the hood with the intent of stopping him from driving away. A Smyrna, Georgia city worker was passing by and drew his gun.
He shot the suspect in the shoulder putting an end to the carjacking and saving the life of the woman clinging to the hood.
Once shots were fired, the car wash's surveillance cameras recorded the red van driving away. Another armed citizen chased the vehicle, but backed off once he believed that the suspects in the van were armed as well.
"She would have died. He came by with the car. He picked up speed. She was on the hood and I saw her starting to get off the hood. He picked up speed. He was going to go across there, and if that guy didn't shoot she probably would end up losing her life," witness Tasha Orr told WSBTV. "I've never seen anything like this. I'm just shaking right now."
Police have identified the city worker as a good Samaritan, but have not released any names.
The suspect was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. Once discharged, he will be charged with aggravated assault and car theft. The police are continuing their search for the three accomplices who drove off in the red van after the shooting.
Individuals with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the Smyrna Police Department at 770-434-9481.