The suspect drove away from the gas station and within 10 minutes police received a second call of a pellet shooting, this time at La Parrilla Mexican restaurant on Jonesboro Road in McDonough.
Two women said they were beaten, according to a second incident report.
They told officers they were sitting in the restaurant’s outdoor dining area when a man in a black SUV drove by slowly and asked “Is that okay?” before pulling out what they described as a toy gun and beginning to fire, the report said.
One of the women was struck in the neck and the other in the left eye, according to the report. Both said their injuries were not serious and they were “just shaken up by the incident”.
After a few more minutes, police were called again, this time to a Mellow Mushroom on Hudson Bridge Road in Stockbridge, according to a third incident report. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a man who said he was having dinner with his family when, as at other locations, a man in a black SUV drove past and began firing pellets.
The man told officers his 8-year-old son had been shot in the ribs, the report said. Although the boy did not need medical attention, the father told police he would press charges if the suspect was found.
The boy’s mother later posted a video of the injury on Facebook, claiming it was the boy’s 8th birthday dinner and asking the public to help with the investigation.
“I know how traumatic this has been for me. I can’t imagine what it did for him (the boy), and it was his birthday! Parker, the first victim, told Channel 2.
The suspect is facing terrorism threat charges, according to police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives at 770-288-8494, Henry County Non-Emergency Dispatch at 770-957-9121, or text, photo or video tips at 770-220-7009 .