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Family members make desperate plea to find driver who killed man in hit-and-run

Police now believe a driver who hit and killed a man is still out there.

Family members gave Channel 2's Michael Seiden pictures of the man who died earlier this month.

Ronnie Ridley was killed while walking to a gas station to buy a snack. At the time, a witness said she chased after the driver who struck him and left him for dead but family members now tell us that evidence did not support that claim

Investigators are desperate for leads and are hoping someone has information that can help lead them to the driver.

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Lastartra Favors spoke to Channel 2's Michael Seiden about the loss of her beloved uncle Ronnie Ridley.

“They left him out there like a dog. The person that did it. They didn’t have any compassion," she said.

The crash happened on Aug. 5 while the 60-year-old was walking to get a gas station near University Avenue and Pryor Street.

“We’re thinking he had a seizure and when he came out of the seizure , he literally darted our into the street," Favors said.

That night, a witness, who did not want to be identified, told us and detectives how she saw the man drive away from the scene, but police said he is not responsible for this tragedy

It turns out the hit-and-run driver is still on the run, but there is no vehicle description

Family members are begging the public for help.

“We forgive them for not coming forward earlier, but we would like them to come forward so we can have justice for my Uncle Ronnie," Favors said. “My uncle was funny. He loved to dance."

Ridley will be laid to rest on Thursday.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

Drugs hidden in cappuccino maker at convenience store, police say

Exclusive police body camera video shows a raid at a local gas station. 

Investigators said people were dealing drugs.

Police said they even found some of the drugs hidden in a cappuccino machine.

Atlanta police charged into the Chevron on Lakewood Way in southeast Atlanta with guns drawn. Officer Kensley Gachette was there, on Aug. 9.

“Because of all the violence and all the drugs that was coming out of this location, it was a very big focus," Gachette said.

We reported in July there were three shootings in just four months at the gas station. In the body cam video we obtained, officers are seen handcuffing men working at the store and there's marijuana on the counter.

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 “We also found some crack, some MDMA. The owners were complicit in allowing that to happen,” said Gachette. 

A search of the man's pants reveals a hidden baggie of suspected drugs. Concerned neighbors, plus several hundred stops by the chevron this year, gave police the intel they needed before the raid.

“We saw they kept the drugs in the shelves, in the potato chips, in the cappuccino machine," Gachette said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Lottery teamed up on the raid. They said they discovered illegal cash payouts, illegal alcohol sales, and outdated food on the shelves.

Police said they’re proud of the out-of-the-box thinking that led to the collaboration and ultimately the Chevron closing.

"They have been diligent, and they have been persistent, and we finally got the community what they deserve," Gachette said.  

Man dies after shooting in Walmart parking lot, police say

Snellville police are investigating a deadly shooting at a Walmart parking lot on Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County.

Channel 2 Action News has learned that one person was shot. Channel 2's Tony Thomas has confirmed the victim had died.

The shooter has been detained. 

Police said two people were in a fight and someone pulled a gun and shot.

"Everyone just started running. People were missing their family members, some kids were crying cause they didn't know where their dad was at," a witness said.

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Emergency crews rushed the victim to Gwinnett Medical Hospital. 

Witnesses said the pair was arguing over a parking spot.

Man dies after shooting in Walmart parking lot, police say

Snellville police are investigating a deadly shooting at a Walmart parking lot on Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County.

Channel 2 Action News has learned that one person was shot. Channel 2's Tony Thomas has confirmed the victim had died.

The shooter has been detained. 

Police said two people were in a fight and someone pulled a gun and shot.

"Everyone just started running. People were missing their family members, some kids were crying cause they didn't know where their dad was at," a witness said.

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Emergency crews rushed the victim to Gwinnett Medical Hospital. 

Witnesses said the pair was arguing over a parking spot.

Atlanta United star Josef Martinez ties MLS goal-scoring record

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez tied the MLS record for goals in a single season on Sunday when he scored his 27th in the 31st minute against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Martinez joins Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips as the greatest single-season scorers in league history. Martinez has eight games remaining to break the record. 

The Venezuelan has scored 46 goals in the past two seasons, which is the most in league history. He was tied with NYCFC’s David Villa.

Martinez has scored in eight consecutive games. Should he score in Atlanta United’s next game at Orlando, he will tie the MLS mark of scoring in nine consecutive games set last year by Portland’s Diego Valeri.

Martinez scored from 18 yards, striking the ball into the short side of the net with his left foot. After scoring, Martinez ran to the crowd, stood and stared, which is his customary celebration. He shoved the ball under his shirt, and then threw the ball. It was Martinez’s first goal scored from outside the penalty box this season. 

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Martinez said during the week that he didn’t know how many goals he has scored this season and that he didn’t care about any records. He was only focused on winning.

And, Martinez has scored Atlanta United’s last nine goals. He needs two more to tie the mark set by Chris Wondolowksi with San Jose in 2010.

MLS Single Season Goals Record

Goals Player Team Year

1. 27 Josef Martinez (ATLUTD), 2018

 Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay), 1996

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), 2012

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), 2014

2. Stern John (Columbus), 1998

Mamadou Diallo (Tampa Bay) 2000

3. 24 Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles), 2002

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), 2016

Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago), 2017

4. 23 Raul Diaz Arce (D.C. United), 1996

Taylor Twellman (New England), 2002

David Villa (NYCFC), 2016

5. Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver), 2013

Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC), 2014

Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto), 2015

Kei Kamara (Columbus), 2015

David Villa (NYCFC), 2017

6. 21 Eduardo Hurtado (Los Angeles), 1996

Mike Magee (Chicago), 2013

Diego Valeri (Portland), 2017

Most goal across two seasons:

 Josef Martinez, 46, 2017-18 2. David Villa (NYCFC), 45, 2016-17

t- 3. Stern John (Columbus), 44, 1998-99

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), 44, 2014-15

5. Chris Wondolowski (San Jose), 43, 2011-12

t-6. Taylor Twellman (New England), 41, 2002-03

Raul Diaz Arce (D.C. United), 41, 1996-97

Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), 41, 2016-17

Consecutive games with goals

1. Diego Valeri (Portland), 9, 2017

2. Josef Martinez (Atlanta United), 8, 2018

t-3. Raul Diaz Arce (D.C. United), 7, 1997

 Wolde Harris (New England), 7, 2000

Carlos Ruiz (Dallas), 7, 2006

  Career hat tricks

Player, number of games, number of hat tricks

Josef Martinez*, 42, 6 

Stern John, 55, 5 

Diego Serna, 124, 5 

Edson Buddle, 304, 4 

Mamadou Diallo, 74, 4 

Landon Donovan, 340, 4 

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MARTA service resumes after 2 people were hit by train, police say

Operations are back to normal at the Midtown MARTA station after two women were hit by a train, police said.

Police said a person is in custody and the two women are in the hospital. 

The North-South line of MARTA was shut down as police gathered information and spoke to witnesses.

A witness told Channel 2 Action News he saw a man push a woman onto the train tracks, when another woman tried to help her, both women were hit.  

“Everybody was shook up,” the man said. 

Channel 2 Action News saw paramedics wheeling away a woman on a stretcher.

MARTA police said the women were alert and conscious when they were taken to the hospital.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Aiesha Bowden was trembling when she explained what happened to Jaquez.

She said she and other riders jumped in to help but there was nothing we could do. 

"We tried to pull them out the track. The train was coming to fast, it tried to stop but it couldn’t," she said.

Police have not released the names of the victims but tell us one of them, age 27, is in surgery and the other, age 58, is in stable conditions. 

The incident caused delays for the MARTA service.

MARTA provided a bus bridge between the Arts Center station and North Avenue station in Midtown.

MARTA service resumes after 2 people were hit by train, police say

Operations are back to normal at the Midtown MARTA station after two women were hit by a train, police said.

Police said a person is in custody and the two women are in the hospital. 

The North-South line of MARTA was shut down as police gathered information and spoke to witnesses.

A witness told Channel 2 Action News he saw a man push a woman onto the train tracks, when another woman tried to help her, both women were hit.  

“Everybody was shook up,” the man said. 

Channel 2 Action News saw paramedics wheeling away a woman on a stretcher.

MARTA police said the women were alert and conscious when they were taken to the hospital.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Aiesha Bowden was trembling when she explained what happened to Jaquez.

She said she and other riders jumped in to help but there was nothing we could do. 

"We tried to pull them out the track. The train was coming to fast, it tried to stop but it couldn’t," she said.

Police have not released the names of the victims but tell us one of them, age 27, is in surgery and the other, age 58, is in stable conditions. 

The incident caused delays for the MARTA service.

MARTA provided a bus bridge between the Arts Center station and North Avenue station in Midtown.

Showers and storms could impact your Monday commute

Pack your umbrella for Monday because Severe Weather Team 2 says rain will impact your morning commute.

The rain chances are high Monday and Tuesday ahead of a cold front. That front will bring the opportunity for some strong to severe storms on Tuesday.

The main impact will be the potential for strong wind gusts.

Karen Minton is updating the time-line for when rain develops in your neighborhood on Channel 2 Action News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m.

Temperatures will stay a bit below average: in the middle 80s for highs.

Behind the front, much drier air moves in for later Wednesday through Friday morning. 

[Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 2 app for alerts in your area]

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Highs will be in the mid-80s under lots of sunshine; with the drier air, expect lows in the 60s. 

The chance of rain returns later Friday into the start of the weekend.

What Can You Get Only On Channel 2 Action News?

1. Updated hour-by-hour cloud and rain forecast showing the timeline of waves of storms through Tuesday.

2. Updated hour-by-hour humidity forecast showing the moisture for showers and storms sticking around through Tuesday.

3. Updated potential rainfall through Tuesday night.

4. Updated hour-by-hour cloud and rain forecast showing the timing of a cold front later in the week and the potential for strong/severe storms.

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