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Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect
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Armed Smyrna employee stops carjacking by shooting suspect

SMYRNA, GA (WXIA) -- An attempted carjacking was thwarted by an armed Smyrna city employee Friday afternoon at a car wash at the corner of South Cobb Drive at Highlands Parkway.

Police said it happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the Fast Track Car Wash. Smyrna Police Officer C.D. Graeff says a juvenile male approached a woman washing her car at the car wash, jumping into the car and tried to drive off. The victim, Graeff said, jumped on the hood of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect.

Graeff says that the city employee, seeing what was happening, pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect in the shoulder.

"She was on the hood. I saw the guy shoot the carjacker. Then I saw him fall out of the car and he was shaking, just holding his chest. Then he falls on the floor and that's when all the cops start pouring in," said Chris Roberts, an employee at the car wash.

The Smyrna city employee then held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived. The suspect was transported to Kennestone Hospital.

According to Graeff, the juvenile is an Atlanta resident, and he will be charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor theft by taking of a motor vehicle.

Several other suspects are being sought, and were seen heading toward Intestate 285 in a red van.

Anyone with any additional information about the incident is asked to call Smyrna Police at 770-434-9481 or CrimeStoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.

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