A father of three who was jogging Saturday morning in Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhood, Buckhead, was shot twice by a “mentally ill” man who, according to police, also opened fire on two other people and mowed down a neighbor with his car.
Atlanta police arrested and charged 22-year-old Gaelen Newsom with attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm in a felony related to the weekend crime.
The first shooting occurred on the 1200 block of West Wesley Road in Buckhead, the wealthiest part of Atlanta, which has pushed to form its own police force and secede from the rest of the city amid skyrocketing crime rates. .
Gaelen Newsome, 22 (left) is charged with shooting jogger Andrew Worrell, 41, twice in the leg and hip during a Saturday crime scene in Atlanta
Worrell was going a mile on his normal 3-mile run on West Wesley Road in Buckhead, Atlanta, on Saturday when a silver sedan drove up to him and a man pointed a gun at him and fired.
Buckhead is Atlanta’s wealthiest neighborhood, where residents try to separate themselves from the rest of the city amid skyrocketing crime rates
Anne Worrell said her husband, 41-year-old Andrew Worrell, was on his normal 3-mile morning run when she received a call at 8:40 a.m. from a stranger who said her husband had been shot.
In a Facebook post from Saturday afternoon, Anne revealed that her husband was about a mile on his run when a car approached him.
“He thought they might be asking for directions, so he stopped,” the woman said. “The very tinted window rolled down and the man pointed a gun at him and shot him, hitting him in the upper thigh.
Andrew turned to run and the man shot him again, it entered his left hip, hit his ball and come before traveling horizontally through this lower abdomen and settling into his right hip area.
Andrew, pictured above with his wife and three children, suffered gunshot wounds to his leg and hip. Good Samaritans stopped the bleeding and warned his wife
Anne wrote in an update that Andrew was undergoing surgery and expected to be released from hospital on Monday maandag
“The man fired again but missed him when Andrew ducked behind a tree. The man fled. Andrew called 911 and noticed some great people calling me and taking their shirts off and trying to stop the bleeding. They stayed with him until the police, fire brigade and ambulance arrived.’
BUCKHEAD, GEORGI: ONE OF THE NATION’S RICHEST ZIP CODES
Buckhead is known as the commercial and residential district of Atlanta, famous for its high-rise buildings and shopping malls, hotels and mansions.
The neighborhood is a historically affluent neighborhood and was once the nation’s ninth wealthiest zip code with an average home price of $1,460,595, according to Forbes.
American Suburban Luxury Home in Buckhead, Atlanta
Bloomberg Buckhead named the 20th richest zip code in the nation in 2011, when the average household wealth there was $1,353,189.
The median household income was $280,631.
Because of this, Buckhead is often referred to as the ‘Beverly Hills of the East/South’, referring to the chic California town.
Buckhead is also known to have a few notable residents, including Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler.
Loeffler was one of the wealthiest members of Congress until she lost her seat in January. In 2009, she and her husband spent more than $10 million on a European-style mansion called Descante in the Buckhead neighborhood.
Rescuers found Andrew with gunshot wounds to his leg and hip. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was in the hospital as of Sunday evening.
His wife wrote in a Facebook update on Sunday that her husband was taking IV antibiotics to prevent her from getting an infection from the bullets. She said he could be fired as early as Monday.
Meanwhile, as Andrew Worrell was taken to hospital on Saturday morning, police received calls that two more joggers in the area were targeted by gunfire, though neither was hit, Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. to news channels. Witnesses said the shots came from a passing silver sedan.
Police found a Kia Forte matching that description about three hours later, at 11:30 a.m., when the driver of the car hit a man taking out the trash at the Collier Ridge Apartments complex at 1714 Noble Creek Drive.
Atlanta police said the victim, described as a man in his 20s, was critically injured, wedged between the sedan and an empty pickup truck. He was rushed to the same hospital as Worrell for surgery.
Police arrested the driver of the car, identified as Gaelen Newsom. They also found shell casings from fired bullets in the vehicle. Hampton said investigators thought the casings matched bullets fired at the joggers.
“We have information that he may have been suffering from some sort of mental health crisis,” Hampton said of Newsom.
Buckhead has seen several high-profile cases of violence in recent months, including the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl in December.
The sharp rise in crime rates has prompted Buckhead residents to form the Buckhead Exploratory Committee to establish their own police force and investigate the possibility of escaping Atlanta after about 200 officers called the city’s police force. abandoned in the wake of the death of black man Rayshard Brooks by a white cop in June 2020.
“Our residents are genuinely concerned for their safety and that of their families,” members of the commission told the Wall Street Journal in March.
City officials oppose the idea of segregating the wealthy, largely white neighborhood from the rest of Atlanta, which is predominantly black, arguing that it will consume a large portion of the city’s tax base and, in turn, its budget. would siphon away.
Buckhead’s population is 73.5 percent white and 23.9 percent black. This compares to the broader population of Atlanta, which is 50.7 percent black and 38 percent white, according to Data US.
The homicide rate in Atlanta rose 63 percent from Jan. 1 to May 23, compared to the same period last year, crime data shows.
In December, seven-year-old Kennedy Maxie (pictured) was fatally shot in the back of the head while in a car with her aunt and mother in Buckhead
Rayshard Brooks (pictured) was shot and killed in the drive-thru lane of an Atlanta Wendy’s on June 12 by a white cop
Rape rates shot up 108 percent, shooting incidents rose 45 percent, robberies rose 2 percent and serious assaults rose 29 percent.
In terms of raw data, Atlanta had 57 murders, 302 shootings, 75 rapes, 298 robberies, and 986 aggravated assaults.
Adjusted for population size, a person living in Atlanta is more likely to be the victim of a serious crime, including murder and aggravated assault, than in Chicago, where crime rates are higher. 11Alive.