ATLANTA - A Clark Atlanta student was shot overnight as she drove down a West End road.
Police said someone opened fire, hitting 19-year-old Daeja Craddick at the intersection of a Lucille Avenue and Lawton Street in southwest Atlanta early Tuesday morning. After being shot, the victim wrecked her Acura sedan.
Witnesses pulled the injured student out of her car and paramedics then rushed her to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Police don't believe this was a random shooting. Craddick told officers she was headed to pick up her boyfriend and behind the wheel of her Acura sedan when a female opened fire on the car, hitting her in the back. She lost control and ran off the road. Concerned bystanders were helping the wounded teen when responding officers arrived.
"The female was pulled out of her vehicle by some bystanders and they were helping her out. Her vehicle was actually involved in an accident at this intersection. We do have one bullet hole in her vehicle so it appears the bullet hole went through the vehicle and struck our victim," said Capt. Reginald Moorman, Atlanta Police Department.
Investigators said a young man, identified as the victim's possible boyfriend, was at the scene. Police didn’t know yet if he was in the car when the shooting happened, or maybe just happened to be nearby. Officers told FOX 5 News there have been some inconsistencies in the stories they were hearing.
Craddick is a student at Clark Atlanta University.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the victim was in stable condition, having undergone surgery earlier in the morning.