GWINNETT COUNTY, (CBS46) – It was a wild afternoon for local law enforcement on Friday. 

The body of a man believed to have fired shots after a wreck on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard was pulled from Lake Lanier.  Authorities identified the suspect to be John James Monahan Jr., 26, of Ellabell, Saturday. 

Man with rifle runs from two-car wreck

It all started with a two-vehicle wreck on PIB and Shadburn Ferry Road around 4:15pm. Witnesses told Gwinnett County police officers that a man with an AK-style rifle exited one of the cars in the crash.

Officers heard gunshots nearby.  Monahan Jr. who was carrying the rifle had carjacked a driver. Police attempted to stop Monahan Jr., who took off in the stolen car. 


Officers followed him from the wreck to Shoal Creek Park where he drove through the park and into the lake. Monahan Jr. began shooting at officers as the stolen car hit the water and began to sink. His bullets riddled a police vehicle. Officers shot back.


CBS46 spoke to one witness who heard it all.

"It sounded like World War III, there were so many shots fired it was unbelievable," said Richard Pinkering.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office dive team searched for the carjacking Monahan Jr.'s body. It was located near the stolen vehicle.

GCPD contacted Georgia Bureau of Investigation to work the case. No officers were injured in the incident. The people involved in the wreck on PIB suffered minor injuries. The victim from the carjacking was located with no injuries, too. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.