Wounded Fulton grocer shoots
Wednesday, July 5, 2000
by Beth Warren - Staff
A south Fulton County grocery store owner and
an 18-year-old suspect were shot Tuesday during a robbery, while three or four
other suspects remained on the run Tuesday night, police said.
Khalid Balala, whose family owns the Hill's
Grocery store at 3754 Cascade Road, was forced to the floor at gunpoint by three
suspects and shot in the arm about 4 p.m., said Fulton County police Detective
Glenn Martin. Balala, still sprawled on the floor, reached for his own handgun
and returned fire, Martin said.
One of the suspects was struck in the buttocks
and was later arrested, police said. Police believe his name is John Henry Glass
III, but he also gave the name of Montavious P. Smith, Martin said.
Both Balala and Glass were taken to Grady
Memorial Hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Glass, who is charged with aggravated assault
and armed robbery, is a Douglass High School student living in Bankhead Court
Apartments, Martin said.
Glass gave police a street name of one
accomplice, Martin said, but investigators believe another suspect entered the
grocery with them and that one or two additional suspects may have been
positioned outside the store during the robbery.
Detectives do not plan to charge Balala, who
underwent surgery Tuesday to remove bullet fragments from his arm. The handgun
used to shoot Balala had not been recovered Tuesday night.
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