Two men were shot, one in the head, during an attempted armed robbery in broad daylight Monday at a homeless camp in Clayton County. And a day later, police are still trying to identify the suspect and arrest him.
Investigators said a man approached the victims' tent and asked for a place to sleep. It's unclear if the two responded before the man reportedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the two men, police spokeswoman Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser said.
The victims said they told the man they did not have any money, and the man opened fire, Watson-Fraser said.
One of the victims, 43-year-old Roger Coley, was shot in the head, she said. Coley was transported to the intensive care unit of a local hospital, but police said he was alert and able to recount what happened.
The second victim, 57-year-old Chun Park, was treated and release, Watson-Fraser said. She did not say where on the body the man was shot.
Still, Park told Channel 2 Action News that he was shot three times: in his head, the base of his neck and his back. And that despite his injuries, the Atlanta Medical Center released him after a few hours.
"'You be gone, they say. You be gone. You have no injury,'” Park said he was told. He said he was in a lot of pain and thought he was going to die.
A homeless man who panhandles near the scene said he heard Park screaming, "I've been shot. I've been shot.”
Police said Park was only grazed by the bullets and an Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman said she couldn't discuss Park's case, but said patients with gunshot wounds are evaluated and given appropriate treatment based on the severity of their injury.
The brush with death is something Park says he won't forget.
"Scary. Oh God," said Park, who is no longer staying at the camp because of concern for his safety.
The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall black man, weighing about 165 pounds with a low-cut hairstyle, police said. He was last seen wearing a dark blue shirt, dark jeans and an earring in his right ear. Park said the man appeared to be in his early 20s, according to the news station.
Anyone with information on the suspect can send anonymous tips to (770) 477-3513 or just type the keyword CLAYTONPD and your message, then send it to 274627.