A Georgia good Samaritan is fighting for his life after he was shot in the head while attempting to break up a road rage confrontation in a suburb of Atlanta, authorities said on Tuesday.
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The victim, whose name has not been released, was in critical condition, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.
“He was just trying to help squash an altercation between two individuals and ended up getting shot,” Sgt. Jaques Spencer told ABC affiliate station WSB-TV in Atlanta.
The shooting occurred about 8 a.m. on Monday at a busy intersection in Stone Mountain, about 20 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said.
The victim was a bystander who witnessed a road rage confrontation erupt between two motorists and attempted to intervene to stop the violence, Spencer said.
One of the men involved in the confrontation got back into his car and drove away, Spencer said. But just when the victim thought the incident had been defused, the suspect’s car returned to the scene and a passenger got out and fired several shots at the victim, hitting him in the head, Spencer said.
Police said the shooter got back into a silver Honda Accord and sped away, prompting a six-hour manhunt in the area.
A tipster spotted a vehicle matching the Honda and called the police, authorities said. The tip led officers to a home in Stone Mountain about two miles from where the shooting occurred. A DeKalb County Police SWAT team surrounded the house and arrested a suspect, identified as 23-year-old Aden Bouh, about 2 p.m. on Monday, according to police.
Bouh was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on one count of aggravated assault, according to jail records.
The National Center for Missing And Exploited Children based in Washington D.C. is the most important agency in the country when it comes to tackling missing persons cases, and its director says that when it comes to finding missing Americans, there’s a color problem.
Robert Lowery, who leads the center, told ABC News that roughly 800,000 Americans go missing each year.
“About 60% of the reports that we see here in the U.S. that go in those databases are people of color,” he said. “I think it really breaks a lot of commonly held thoughts on who are really the missing children in the U.S.”
Missing black Americans are over-represented in the total number of missing people in the U.S. Despite making up only 13% of the total U.S. population, more than 30% of all missing persons were black in 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Only about one-fifth of these cases are covered by the news, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Black families searching for missing relatives say that their missing loved ones are more likely to be labeled as runaways, and that they are somehow not worth the focus of the police or the media.
Paula Cosey Hill says it happened to her.
Her daughter Shemika Cosey disappeared without a trace just a few days after Christmas in 2008.
“On December the 28th, that was the last day I had seen her, and it was a normal day,” Hill told ABC News.
Hill said her daughter had been watching movies with her cousins on that day, but when everyone woke up the next morning, she was gone.
At the time, police believed that because the door to the family’s home just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, was unlocked, Shemika must have run away. For this reason, they ultimately chose not to launch a search for the teen.
“They not doing anything, because they think she [had] gone on her own,” Hill recalled tearfully. “I just didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know who to turn to.”
Local news anchor and reporter Shawndrea Thomas produces a podcast that documents forgotten cases of missing black Americans called “Intrigued Full Effect.”
Thomas told ABC News that “Shemika Cosey’s story was different in that she just vanished without a trace.”
“Her belongings, her overnight bag were still left on the counter in the house and she was never seen again,” she explained.
Thomas agrees that police and the press often dismiss black cases as runaways.
“It has been difficult to get some of these stories told as it comes to missing people of color, cold cases involving people of color, and I felt like if I can do my part as far as having this podcast, I can tell any story I want about whoever I want, however I want for however long I want,” Thomas explained.
Major Art Jackson, a black police officer at the Berkeley Police Station that investigated Cosey’s case, said “there was no evidence to support a physical search.”
“This is one of the hardest things to investigate, is a missing person, especially if a person is missing with, like I said, with no signs of anything. Just voluntarily walks away,” Jackson said. “If a person is missing, they’ve been kidnapped or anything like that, you’re going to have signs of struggle, you’re going to have things to go by to help you put that piece of the puzzle together. So…in reality, sometimes law enforcement and sometimes media [will think], ‘Hey, that person did it voluntarily. So that’s on them.'”
In the past few years, there have been dozens of missing persons cases with massive and hopeful search efforts on the ground and in the news. The common thread among these cases is that those who are missing are white.
On the same day that 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina went missing from Florida in 2017, 14-year-old Yaniya Jovon Carter went missing under similar circumstances just outside Atlanta. Yaniya, however, did not get half the attention from the media or the police that Caitlyn did.
Fortunately, both girls were found safe. Frisina was found with a 27-year-old soccer coach and family friend who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for taking the child away, and is now serving time. Carter was found with what police say was a 19-year-old boyfriend. He was not charged.
When Mariah Woods, a 3-year-old white girl, went missing in Jacksonville, North Carolina, at least two black children in a neighboring county were also missing — but only Mariah had more than 700 people searching on foot and coverage in the nation’s news media.
Because the numbers of missing black Americans are so high, it’s hard to find an instance where a black case hasn’t been ignored.
Natalie and Derrica Wilson run an online search agency called the Black and Missing Foundation, which helps search specifically for missing black and Hispanic children.
“There are so many families of color who are desperately searching for their missing loved one and they are just asking for just one second or a couple of seconds of media coverage and it can change the narrative for them,” Natalie Wilson said.
Derrica Wilson added, “We also understand that the decision makers don’t look like us. And so these cases are not sensitive enough where they want to air it.”
Parents and loved ones of missing black children met with ABC News in Washington D.C., where they said that they would take a fraction of the compassion and attention that has gone to the families of Natalee Holloway, Elizabeth Smart, Laci Peterson and so many others.
Terrence Woods, whose son Terrence Woods Jr. is missing, called it depressing to see white kids in the majority of missing children stories covered by black reporters.
“I know how many missing people of color that are missing,” Woods said. “I would say, ‘Well, [does] he do his homework to talk about us?'”
Toni Jacobs, whose daughter Keeshae Jacobs is missing, added that “it pissed me off to see you reporting on somebody else’s child other than mine.”
“I had to fight to get mine on local news, and this person’s on national news with
President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed another lawsuit in his ongoing effort to block a congressional committee from accessing his tax records, this time targeting authorities in his home state.
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This latest suit names the House Ways and Means Committee, New York Attorney General Letitia James and the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance, Michael Schmidt.
Earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law the TRUST Act, which would authorize the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance to share state tax return information with a requesting congressional committee.
“Like House Democrats, Democratic officials in New York have used every tool at their disposal to expose the president’s private financial information,” lawyers for Trump wrote in their complaint. “And like House Democrats, their goal is to retaliate against President Trump and damage him politically.”
ABC News has reported that the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., has hesitated to use the new law to request the president’s state returns, but in their complaint, the president’s lawyers claim that Neal has “expressed a renewed interest in utilizing” the statute.
The president’s legal team argues that the committee has “no legitimate legislative purpose” in requesting the president’s state tax returns and asks the court to keep the state and Congress from accessing his state returns.
“We have filed a lawsuit today in our ongoing efforts to end Presidential harassment,” said the president’s attorney Jay Sekulow in a statement. “The harassment tactics lack a legitimate legislative purpose. The actions taken by the House and New York officials are nothing more than political retribution.”
The New York attorney general, in a statement on Tuesday defended her state’s efforts to acquire Trump’s returns