Lilburn man shot after hijacking

•LILBURN - Two men hijacked a car and shot its owner when he tried to escape, a police report said.

Francisco Morales, 27, said he locked his car when he got back to his Lilburn home early Friday morning. Two men approached him and told him to get on the ground and unlock the car. Then they forced him to get in the back seat of his SUV.

When the car stopped at an intersection, Morales jumped out of it. The suspect seated next to him shot him in the shoulder. Once he escaped, Morales banged on the windows of nearby houses until one resident called the police for help.

Officers arrived and took Morales to the Gwinnett Medical Center for his bullet wound. He told them he had briefly lived with the suspect who shot him but did not remember his name.

Driver flees police in car, then on foot

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man who was driving with an expired temporary tag got arrested on worse charges when he allegedly eluded police officers, fleeing from them on the road and on foot.

The driver, 32-year-old Gustavo Mendoza-Velasquez, didn't pull over when an officer signaled for him to stop, according to a police report. He kept driving past two other officers, even when they started using their sirens, horns, hands and voices to indicate he should stop. He also struck one of their police cars, the report said. Mendoza-Velasquez allegedly continued driving through a Duluth parking lot until he reached a dead end, at which point he started running on foot. The officers chased him for about 200 yards.

Police found plastic bags filled with unidentified pills and a glass pipe containing cocaine residue in his car, the report said.

Mendoza-Velasquez was arrested and is being held on nine counts, including aggravated assault, obstructing or hindering law enforcement, and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Fire's cause still unknown

•DACULA - The Gwinnett County Fire Department is looking into the cause of a fire in Dacula, which severely damaged a vacant house.

Witnesses told firefighters that two juveniles were seen in the area lighting fireworks before the blaze started. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the single-story brick house when they arrived Sunday afternoon, said department spokesman Thomas Rutledge.

A passing motorist reported the house fire, which was at the intersection of Old Fountain Road and Auburn Road in Dacula. Firefighters were dispatched at 4:23 p.m., and the fire was under control by 5:10 p.m., according to Rutledge.

The house was vacant and being used for storage. No injuries were reported in the fire.

Teen kidnapped at bus stop, raped

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 16-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped last week when she was walking to the school bus, according to a police report.

The Berkmar High School student was on the way to her stop when three men grabbed her and pulled her into a white mini-van. They took her to an undisclosed location, where two of the men took her into a bedroom. There, the suspect raped her.

Afterward, he drove the victim to school. Her mother took her to the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center.

- From staff reports