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Language barrier gets Walmart employee shot in Stone Mountain


Gwinnett County police are searching for two men who carjacked a Walmart customer and shot an employee who inadvertently found himself in the middle of the carjacking.

Detectives released surveillance video Monday that shows the incident as it unfolded at about 3 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the store on Rockbridge Road near Stone Mountain. One video clip shows the suspects getting out of a vehicle which detectives later learned had been stolen days before from a victim in Atlanta.

"They were there waiting for the opportunity to steal a new car, presumably," said Cpl. Jake Smith, a police department spokesman. "They had been in the stolen one for a few days and were afraid that they were going to get caught."

Another video clip shows a shopper pull into a parking space in a blue Honda fit. It shows the suspects approaching the 20-year-old driver as he gets out of his car, demanding his keys and wallet. The victim hands over his keys, and one of the suspects gets into the Honda while the second suspect continues collecting valuables from the victim.

At that moment, a Walmart employee - a native of Albania - gets out of his car which had been parked nearby and heads toward the store entrance, walking right between the suspect and the carjacking victim.

"He doesn't speak English and he wasn't clear on what was occurring," said Smith. "As he walks through this incident and walks towards the Walmart, the suspect addresses him, but he doesn't understand what he's saying."

The suspect addressed the employee, according to police, but the employee kept walking.

"Right after that, one shot was fired," said Smith. "The suspect jumps into the waiting car and flees the scene, and the two victims run inside."

The employee is expected to fully recover from the gunshot wound on the back of his leg, police said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300.

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