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.
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.