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Reward offered to find killer of man stopped at a red light

A mother who's son was shot and killed while on his way to a concert is speaking out for the first time.

Police say Rodney Ellis, 25, stopped at a red light in southwest Atlanta when the shooting happened.

“I'm wondering at that instant, what was his thought? Was he scared? Did he have time to be scared?” his mother Katrece Ellis said.

Every day, Katrece Ellis asks herself the same painful questions.

She wonders what her son was going through when he was repeatedly shot as he sat in his rental car at an intersection in southwest Atlanta. 

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Katrece Ellis said Rodney was heading to a concert in Buckhead but never made it. 

"Even if I were there, would it be any different?" she told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez wiping away tears.

Katrece Ellis says she still thinks of her son as “her baby boy.”

Rodney Ellis, who was her first born and only son, was found shot inside of a car on Jan. 23 around 9:30 at night.

Homicide detectives said the shooter approached the victim while he was stopped at a red light along Pryor Street and opened fire. 

Rodney Ellis was hit once in the head and once in the arm before medics arrived and rushed him to the hospital. 

"Seeing your innocent child in that state. Of course, reality hit," Katrece Ellis said.

Reality set in three days later when he took his last breath. 

Now, his mother is aching at the idea that hersweet, free-spirited, fun-loving son won’t get to achieve his dreams. 

Rodney composed music, loved fashion and was a skateboarder, Katrece Ellis said.  

"Why him? Was it his car? Was it road rage? Was it a random act of just violence, you know? Even with all those questions, you still want to know who did this?" she said.  

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital.

Carter, 90, had surgery on Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine, The Carter Center said in a statement. The surgery was successful. The scar tissue, the statement said, developed after a cyst was removed many years ago.

Carter is expected to remain hospitalized for several days, where she will rest and recover, the statement said.

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The former first lady married President Jimmy Carter on July 7, 1946, in Plains, Georgia, and emerged as a driving force for mental health during his presidential administration.

She became honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health, which resulted in passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980, and has worked on mental health, human rights and other issues through her work at The Carter Center, the private, nonprofit institution the Carters founded in 1982.

Rosalynn Carter is often seen at Maranatha Baptist Church, President Carter's hometown church, where the former president teaches Sunday school. The Carter Center in January said the former president planned to limit his duties at the church, but planned to continue to attend and greet visitors with the former first lady.

Police: Uber Eats delivery flees after customer shot, killed in Buckhead

A 30-year-old man died of injuries after a shooting in Buckhead that police believe involved an Uber Eats driver.

Witnesses told Atlanta police the man ordered food via a smartphone app to be delivered to the 2800 block of Pharr Court South about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

One of the people Channel 2's Lauren Pozen spoke with lives close to where the incident happened. The person, who didn't want to be identified, said he heard five gunshots go off outside his apartment. He said by the time he was dressed, the victim was dead. 

"Something needs to be done to further the safety of uber eats and make us feel safe,” he said. 

If you’ve never heard of Uber Eats, it’s an app that many people use to order take out from your phone.

Saturday night, a late night order in Buckhead took a deadly turn. 

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Police say Ryan Thornton, 30, ordered food from the app to be delievered to the concorde condominium on Pharr Court South. 

At 11:30, Thornton walked away from the delivery car with his order. 

Police said words may have been exchanged and that's when shots were fired from the delivery car. The driver took off in a white Volkswagen. 

“I just don’t expect it. I really feel safe here on a normal basis and it really makes me feel unsafe," said Buckhead resident Julia Bird.

Thorton died at Grady Memorial Hosptial. 

We checked and Uber has a "no weapons" policy for its drivers. 

“They are not supposed to have weapons in the car company policy, that fact that he did probably breaking company policy,” said resident Whitney Searles.

As the search for the driver contiues, this shooting has those who use the app a little hesistant to continue to do so. 

Uber said a statement they are shocked and saddened by the news and they are working with the Atlanta Police Department. 

Police are not saying much about who the driver was, but we do know the delivery car was a white Volkswagon.

I am trying to learn more about the victim in the @UberEats incident, 30 year old Ryan Thornton from Atlanta. @Atlanta_Police are still looking for the driver. They tell me the driver drives a white Volkswagen.— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) February 18, 2018

Police: Uber Eats delivery flees after customer shot, killed in Buckhead

A 30-year-old man died of injuries after a shooting in Buckhead that police believe involved an Uber Eats driver.

Witnesses told Atlanta police the man ordered food via a smartphone app to be delivered to the 2800 block of Pharr Court South about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

One of the people Channel 2's Lauren Pozen spoke with lives close to where the incident happened. The person, who didn't want to be identified, said he heard five gunshots go off outside his apartment. He said by the time he was dressed, the victim was dead. 

"Something needs to be done to further the safety of uber eats and make us feel safe,” he said. 

If you’ve never heard of Uber Eats, it’s an app that many people use to order take out from your phone.

Saturday night, a late night order in Buckhead took a deadly turn. 

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Police say Ryan Thornton, 30, ordered food from the app to be delievered to the concorde condominium on Pharr Court South. 

At 11:30, Thornton walked away from the delivery car with his order. 

Police said words may have been exchanged and that's when shots were fired from the delivery car. The driver took off in a white Volkswagen. 

“I just don’t expect it. I really feel safe here on a normal basis and it really makes me feel unsafe," said Buckhead resident Julia Bird.

Thorton died at Grady Memorial Hosptial. 

We checked and Uber has a "no weapons" policy for its drivers. 

“They are not supposed to have weapons in the car company policy, that fact that he did probably breaking company policy,” said resident Whitney Searles.

As the search for the driver contiues, this shooting has those who use the app a little hesistant to continue to do so. 

Uber said a statement they are shocked and saddened by the news and they are working with the Atlanta Police Department. 

Police are not saying much about who the driver was, but we do know the delivery car was a white Volkswagon.

I am trying to learn more about the victim in the @UberEats incident, 30 year old Ryan Thornton from Atlanta. @Atlanta_Police are still looking for the driver. They tell me the driver drives a white Volkswagen.— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) February 18, 2018

Gwinnett goat forced to ingest cocaine, whiskey gets adopted

A story about an abused animal has a happy ending.

After arresting Grayson horse trainer Sergio Palomares-Guzman on charges related to forcing a goat to consume cocaine and whiskey, Gwinnett officials announced the goat has a new home.

The 28-year-old allegedly held the goat’s horns while a second man put cocaine in the goat’s nostril and whiskey in the goat’s mouth.

Palomares-Guzman shared the video on social media and was arrested after a tipster contacted police.

Authorities said they believe the men live in North Carolina. 

The owner of the New Hope Road ranch where Palomares-Guzman worked and where the incident took place had no knowledge of the incident, authorities said.

The goat was taken to the Gwinnett Animal Shelter and given a clean bill of health before finding a forever home.

Fire that destroyed five homes, damaged others ruled as arson

A spokesperson for the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Office told Channel 2 Action News the fire that destroyed five homes and damaged multiple others in Paulding County has been ruled as arson.

Channel 2 Action News has also learned a person of interest is in custody.

Neighbor Gwen Davis told Channel 2's Matt Johnson she cannot believe the destruction left behind.

"I  just feel sorry for the family that lost their homes and all of them had insurance so they would be able to find some place to stay," she said.

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Paulding County fire officials said the fires happened overnight.

They happened in the are of Rosemont Court in the Greystone Subdivision.  

Firefighters said they worked as fast as they could to get the fire under control in dangerous circumstances.

"With the houses being so close together it makes it difficult to conduct fire fighting operations especially when we arrive on the scene and find very intense fire conditions," said Lt. Steve Mapes with the Paulding County Fire Department.

No one was hurt in the fires, according to authorities.

The Red Cross is working with the displaced families to find temporary shelter.

Man dead after house party in DeKalb County

An investigation is underway after an early morning house party turned deadly.

It happened on Clifton Springs Manor in DeKalb County.

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DeKalb County police said several people are detained. 

Police said around 4 a.m. Sunday, they got a 911 call of shots fired and rushed to the scene. 

When they arrived, they said a man was dead in a driveway. 

Investigators say a party was going on, when the man died. 

Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus spoke to a man who attended the party. He told her there were around 100 people there. 

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