QUITMAN, GA (WALB) –Three accused carjackers are on the run Tuesday night as a man shot by one of them remains in the hospital.
Police in Quitman say that victim was just trying to be a good samaritan.
32-year old Tony Denard was trying to help some men who claimed they had car trouble, but apparently it was a set-up.
This is the Tahoe 32-year old Tony Denard was driving Monday night. As he drove through this neighborhood on Morris Avenue, two men told Denard they were having car trouble and asked him to help.
"He's always honest and kind," said Larry Washington.
"Based on what his friends tell me, he was good about if someone asked him for help he would go help them," said Chief Wesley Ross, the Quitman Police Chief.
Denard saw his friend Edrrick Parson along the way and picked him up too. The two men, who have not been identified asked Denard to take them to their car in a parking lot at the corner of Highway 76 and North Jefferson Street.
Quitman Police say as they all got out of the SUV, another man jumped from behind the supposedly broken down car and fired shots at Denard.
"The witness who was his friend ran in a different direction," said Chief Ross. "The three suspects took the car and his tahoe and drove off."
After Denard was shot in the shoulder and the leg, he ran down Highway 76 to the neighborhood where his family and friends live. He was then taken to Archbold Hospital in Thomasville.
"I hate that happened," said Washington.
Larry Washington is a family friend.
"I wish I could do something for him but I can do something for him, pray," said Washington. "Pray that the world gets better."
The Tahoe was found up in Thomas county on Old Dixie Highway. Police are searching for the men.
Quitman Police want anyone with information on this crime to call them at 229-263-7556.