ATLANTA -- A veteran is in the hospital with a bullet lodged in his back. Back at the scene of the crime in northwest Atlanta, community members push for answers.
"This family is hurting," said Dolores Montford-Davis, the veteran's sister.
According to police, Gregory Montford had just cashed his $600 VA benefit check Monday afternoon and was on his way to get a harcut. The disabled veteran had reportedly just stopped at a gas station and was walking along Hollywood Roadwhen an armed man threatened to kill him. Montford's family said he gave the suspect the money, but was shot multiple times anyway before the man took off running.
The 59-year-old Coast Guard veteran underwent surgery and is recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
"One of the bullets shattered his thigh bone so he's going to have to have reconstructive surgery," said Delores Montford-Davis, Gergory's sister. On Tuesday evening, family told 11Alive Gregory, who had already suffered two strokes and was unable to drive, was out of surgery.
Community members, including Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore and members of Montford's family, gathered back at the corner of Hollywood Road and North Eugenia Place Tuesday night to ask that the suspect to come forward and turn himself in.
"We're asking who ever you are to come to justice," Montford-Davis said. "Reveal yourself."
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward information and call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477.