A Good Samaritan shot a would-be carjacker in Georgia as the woman whose vehicle was being stolen jumped on the hood and tried to stop the thief from driving away.
The incident occurred on Friday at a Smyrna, Georgia, car wash, when a woman jumped on the hood of her white Honda as a group of men were attempting to steal it. Surveillance video showed the woman clinging to the car after one of four suspects got in and began to drive away. The driver picked up speed as he attempted to flee the scene, but the Good Samaritan — identified as a city worker who was getting his car washed — noticed the theft unfolding and ran after the car with his gun drawn.
Just seconds later, the armed man shot the driver and thwarted the attempted carjacking. The woman was able to safely slide off the hood, but witnesses said she might not have been so lucky had the Good Samaritan not intervened.
“She would have died,” witness Tasha Orr said. “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.”
Another witness, Arthur Lee, echoed Orr’s statement. “Something could have happened, because she wasn’t letting go until that car would have thrown her off,” Lee said.
The other three suspects, seen by surveillance cameras scoping out the parking lot in a red minivan just before the carjacking began, remain at large. Police officers, who witnessed the events unfold, reportedly took off after the minivan, though they were unable to apprehend the suspects and lost the vehicle.
The suspect who was shot suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He will be charged with aggravated assault and theft by taking motor vehicle.
Watch the surveillance footage below.