Who to believe in pizza delivery shooting?

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ATLANTA -- A Papa John's delivery man admits shooting and wounding a teenager in a Southwest Atlanta neighborhood late Monday night.

Pizza driver Javares Scott told police he grabbed a gun from 19-year-old Paul Hammonds and shot him after he and another man tried to rob Hammonds at a home on Holly Road, just before midnight.

The problem is pizza driver Scott left the scene without telling police.

Atlanta Police say Scott drove back to the Papa John's on Northside Drive and MLK Jr. Drive, still in possession of the weapon he said he took from a robber.

He told his manager what happened, but then went home and didn't call police.

After police found Scott at home, they say he couldn't pick out any suspects from a photo lineup.

Meanwhile, shooting victim and alleged robbery suspect Hammonds claims he was shot for no reason. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to the stomach and leg.

Police say Hammonds told them he was walking down Holly Road Monday night, minding his own business, when a man jumped out of some bushes and shot him for no apparent reason.

Hammonds gave police two different descriptions of the shooter.

"So we have two different stories as to what happened," Atlanta Police spokesperson Officer Kim Jones told 11Alive News.

She said detectives are still trying to sort out the truth.

So far, police have not charged either Scott or Hammonds.

But they did charge a third man, 37-year-old Ahmad Eli Thomas, with giving them false information. They say he lied about his date of birth when questioned.

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