A Georgia woman turned herself in to the authorities Sunday night after allegedly stalking another vehicle before drawing a gun and firing, striking a 17-year-old female in the face, all with her three young children riding along.
Brittney Alyssa Griffith, 30, was reportedly in Villa Rica, Georgia on Sunday afternoon where an altercation was said to have taken place between her and the occupants of another vehicle. According to an information release from the Douglasville Police Department (DPD), after the alleged “road rage incident” the victim’s vehicle left the scene heading eastbound on Interstate 20.
Witnesses from the victim’s vehicle reported that around 4:40 pm the shooter, presumed to be Griffith, had pursued them in a black sedan before pulling up alongside them while brandishing a weapon. The suspect fired the weapon at least once, striking the 17-year-old female, who was seated in the front passenger seat, in the face. WSB-TV identified the victim as Ashlyn Crouch.
After the shooting, witnesses explained the black sedan exited I-20 at Chapel Hill Road.
In the moments during the assault, one of the other passengers had successfully captured a photo of the suspect that DPD released to the public. Though the direction the suspect traveled in was unknown, reports indicated she went to throw the gun in the Chattahoochee River before later going to get her nails done.
DPD had offered a $5,000 reward for information to help with the investigation and multiple people reported back that they knew the identity of the suspect. “Around 11pm,” the release from DPD explained, “the suspect, 30-year-old Brittney Griffith of Temple GA, turned herself in at the police department.”
In the process of their investigation, detectives were also able to determine that the suspect was accompanied by her three children, aged 4- to 9-years-old, at the time of the incident.
“Griffith has been charged with: Aggravated Assault (4 counts), Cruelty to Children (3 counts), Possession of a Firearm during commission of a felony (1 count),” DPD explained before further noting, “On 5/2/2022 Griffith was denied bond during her initial court hearing.”
WSB-TV’s Tom Jones was in the courtroom of the Douglas County Magistrate Court when Judge Susan Camp denied bond. During the initial hearing, it was reported Camp asked Griffith to comment on reports she had gone to get her nails done after the shooting and before turning herself in to which she replied, “No comment.”
“That just blows my mind,” Dianna Crouch, mother of the victim, told WSB-TV. “That makes me think she had no remorse.” Crouch further recounted the details of the road rage incident as explained to her by her daughter who, by the time of this posting, was in stable condition after initially being admitted to the intensive care unit.
The victim’s car had reportedly cut Griffith off accidentally, “And [Griffith] shot them the bird, and they shot back,” Crouch explained. She went on to report that her daughter, “was shot behind her ear and it came out through the side of her eye.”
“People just need to take a deep breath, or just stay off the road,” Crouch concluded.
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