LILBURN - A man is in custody after allegedly shooting a person Wednesday and nearly plowing over a police officer in a chase that spanned multiple jurisdictions, authorities said.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said the suspect - who authorities did not identify - shot a man inside a vehicle parked at the Brunswick Zone bowling alley on Lawrenceville Highway at about 4 p.m. He proceeded to kick the victim out of the car, peel out of the parking lot and later tried to run over a Lilburn police officer several miles down the road. He eventually was caught after a brief foot chase.
The victim, also unidentified, remained in critical condition Wednesday evening.
Schiralli said four people, including an off-duty Newnan police officer, witnessed the shooting. The off-duty officer, who was in contact with local authorities, attempted to follow the vehicle southbound on Lawrenceville Highway, but eventually lost the car in heavy afternoon traffic.
That's when things got wild.
Several miles south, near the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Beaver Ruin Road, the man acted as if he was going to stop at the command of a Lilburn police officer, but instead accelerated and attempted to run over the officer, Lilburn police Detective Matt Lake said. The officer fired at the man, striking his car, but he continued south.
Finally, on Rockbridge Road and Five Forks Trickum Road, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck a cement median, Schiralli said. Gwinnett police were able to arrest the man after a brief foot chase.
After interviewing the suspect, police learned of a second suspect who was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting who was dropped off at a Wal-Mart on Lawrenceville Highway, Schiralli said. He was later arrested without incident.