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Thursday, March 16, 2006

WXIA - Woman Killed in Stolen Car Dispute

WXIA - Woman Killed in Stolen Car DisputeWoman Killed in Stolen Car Dispute

Atlanta police found close to two dozen shell casings, one of them from a semi-automatic weapon, at the scene of a shootout that left a 26-year-old woman dead in Southwest Atlanta.

The victim, her brothers, and a cousin apparently tried to stop some men who they suspected of stealing their family's 2003 black Chevy Impala earlier in the day. The Impala was being followed by a blue Crown Victoria. The relatives approached the people in both cars and, police said, a shootout started.

"They forced the vehicle to stop so the two vehicles stopped. A male then exited the Crown Vic, walked toward the vehicle that you see here, the Pontiac that the two males were in, and opened fire on the car. The Pontiac driver sped off, two of the shots struck a female who was inside the car," said Sgt. Bob Creasy.

The woman, her brothers, and cousin sped from the scene to get away from the gunshots and ended up on James P. Brawley Drive. There, the siblings realized their sister had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. She later died at Grady Memorial Hospital. The relatives who were inside the car with the woman are being interviewed.

"They might have thought, no one maybe think it's gonna end it this way but it turns into a gunfight," said Sgt. Creasy. "It's certainly not worth getting killed over."

A man who goes by the street name "Basher" is being sought by Atlanta police. He is 18 to 20 years old and believed to be driving the blue Crown Victoria. Basher was wearing an orange skull cap and has a burn mark on his face.

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