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UPDATE: Uber driver hurt in road rage shooting, Brookhaven police say

By Chelsea Prince – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

John Spink – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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An Uber driver was shot twice Monday morning in what Brookhaven investigators believe was a case of road rage on Buford Highway.

The driver did not have any passengers with him when he was shot about 4:30 a.m., Brookhaven police Deputy Chief Brandon Gurley told from the scene. He was hit in his abdomen and his thigh and is expected to survive.

“The situation is being described as a possible road rage incident,” Gurley said. “The suspect vehicle was not on scene when our officers arrived. We are currently still processing the crime scene, collecting shell casings and other evidence that may have been left behind.”

The victim was traveling south on Buford Highway and was shot about 300 yards from the Briarwood Road intersection, according to police. Several people called 911 to report the incident.

“The best description we have right now is a white passenger car,” Gurley said of the suspect’s vehicle. “We are working to gather more information about the make and model of that vehicle and the occupants.”

While an investigation is underway, only one southbound lane of Buford Highway is open at Briarwood Road. Northbound traffic is not impacted, according to police.

Brookhaven police spokesman Lt. David Snively said he expects the road to reopen about 10 a.m.

“At this time, there is no suspect information to share, but we do not have any reason to believe that any danger to the community remains,” he said.