Andrew Worrell, a resident of Atlanta’s upscale suburb of Buckhead, was shot twice last Saturday morning while jogging in the suburb that tries to secede from the crime-ridden city, which last year came very close to a major win for “defund the police” movement.
Last year, the Atlanta City Council almost approved an ordinance to defund the Atlanta Police Department of $73 million as part of the movement’s campaign.
Attempted murder in broad daylight
41-year-old Worrell, a father of three, was on his usual jog when he was shot twice by 22-year-old Gaelen Newsom, who has been arrested and is facing attempted murder charges.
The Atlanta Police said, as cited by the Daily Mail, that Newsom also shot at two other locals.
Besides the attempted murder charges, Newsom also faced several counts of possession of a firearm and aggravated assault.
Andrew’s wife, Anne Worrell, said in a Facebook post from Saturday afternoon that her husband went out for his usual 3-mile morning run.
Then at 8.40 am she received a phone call from a stranger who told her Andrew had been shot.
Worrell was approached by a car when he was a mile into his run.
Thinking he might be asked to give directions, he stopped.
Instead, the car window rolled down, and the guy inside shot him in the upper thigh.
As Andrew tried to run away, the suspect shot him a second time, through his left hip, with the bullet getting stuck into his right hip.
Atlanta is losing battle
Andrew Worrell’s brazen shooting has been the latest in several instances of high-profile violence registered in Atlanta’s Buckhead suburb in the past few months.
Those include the shooting and killing of a 7-year-old girl in December 2020.
Due to the skyrocketing crime rates, the local residents have established the Buckhead Exploratory Committee in order to create a separate police force, and also to explore the options of seceding from the city of Atlanta.
Some 200 police officers have left the city’s PD since Rayshard Brooks, a black man, was shot dead by a white police officer in June 2020.
Officials in Atlanta, whose inhabitants are 50.7% black and 38% white, have opposed the motion to separate wealthy Buckhead, whose residents are 73.5% white and 23.9% black.
They have argued the secession would sap a large part of the city’s tax base and thus budget.
Last month, Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, saw how four teens were trying to steal his car.
He ran to stop them and was dragged for a block by his own car before letting it go.
Brown, who is going to run for Atlanta mayor, has been a leading proponent of the “defund the police” movement in the city.
He later told local media he spent 5 minutes on hold with 911, and that it took the police 45 minutes to arrive at the crime scene.
What is particularly perplexing is his indignation at that considering his own push to defund the police, and the much more gruesome ramifications if he and his fellow anti-police activists get to succeed.