The Paulding Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash at a Paulding County gas station July 3. According to the Sheriff’s Office, a driver intentionally plowed his white pickup truck into a gas station, striking several cars and gas pumps before shooting himself.
Paulding Deputies responded to Al’s Exxon in the Rose’s Store Community of Western Paulding County reference a multivehicle accident and a possible shooting just after 10 a.m. Sunday.
A white GMC Sierra crew cab truck was traveling southbound on GA 101 toward the Ga. 120/Ga. 101 intersection when sheriff’s officials say it appears as if the vehicle was purposefully driven off the roadway through the sign of Al’s Exxon which is located at 30 Highway 101 in North Dallas. Once the vehicle traveled through the sign, it struck multiple vehicles in the parking lot of the store, including the gas pumps.
When bystanders went to the truck to check on the status of the driver, sheriff’s officials say the man driving the truck brandished a handgun and according to witnesses, shot himself in the head.
When responders arrived on scene, the man was immediately treated and subsequently taken to an Atlanta area hospital where he is in critical condition.
There were multiple people at the gas station at the time of this incident and several of them were injured. At the time of the crash, none of the injuries to the bystanders appeared to be life threatening.
Officials are not releasing the name of the driver of the white GMC Sierra until family members have been notified.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the motor vehicle accident portion of this incident and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attempted suicide portion of this incident.
If you have any information about this incident, please send us a message via the Paulding Sheriff mobile app or the Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (770) 443-3047.
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