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Man followed by suspects in vehicle, shot in the abdomen in southwest Atlanta

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A man was followed and shot while walking on a road in southwest Atlanta Sunday. And police are still searching for the suspect who remained in a vehicle during the shooting.

The shooting happened on Murphy Avenue, but the man ran to a nearby street where he collapsed, according to Atlanta police. When the first officer found him, he was lying on a couch in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the left abdomen at 1027 Sparks St., police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

The man told police he was walking on Murphy Avenue near Sparks Street when he noticed a newer model black Ford Taurus tailing him, Jones said. The man started running away when he heard two or three gunshots, Jones said.

One struck the victim who fell to the ground, she said. The suspects drove past him and the victim got up and ran to his friend’s home on Spark Street, Jones said.

The homeowner said he heard the victim behind his residence screaming "’I'm shot, I'm shot,’" Jones said. He went outside and noticed the victim was holding the left side of his abdomen, she said. The homeowner and another resident carried the victim into the house where the homeowner began to apply pressure to the wound while the other man called police, Jones said.

The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, but his condition was not immediately known. Officers canvassed the area including Sparks, Lee and Peeples streets, but could not find the crime scene, Jones said.

The victim said he did not know who shot him or why, adding "’There has been a lot happening in the neighborhood,’" Jones said.