Former NFL defensive lineman Gerald Perry was shot following an argument in front of an Atlanta-area car wash on Monday. He was listed in moderate condition.
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"His injuries are non-life threatening," DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.
She said that Perry was an “innocent party.” He had been sitting in a car with a female passenger when he was shot, she said, adding that his passenger was unharmed.
A witness, grocer Montez Tayler, was inside when the shooting started. " I heard three or four gunshots," he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I didn't even see anybody."
Another witness told WSB-TV that a woman asked Perry for money and, after he refused, a man returned with a gun and fired several shots inside the SUV.
"The only thing that really saved him was that he put his hand up and the bullet is still in his hand," Carla Tellis, a witness, told the TV station.
The shooter fled by car, according to police. Authorities did not release a description of the vehicle but are searching for the suspect.
Perry, originally from Columbia, S.C., played