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An Atlanta man who nearly shot a teenager trying to steal his Benz explained why he let the kid go.

The incident was captured on surveillance video at a gas station in East Atlanta.

The undated video shows a 14-year-old boy casually approach the idling Mercedes and jump into the car.

Before the kid could drive off, the car's owner ran up to the vehicle with his gun drawn and the boy gave up without a fight.

The man and the boy then walk out of the camera frame.

Instagram blog @ATLuncensored shared video of the man explaining what happened afterwards.

The Macon, Georgia native said he realized the car thief was "just a kid" and he saw himself in the boy.

"I did some crazy sh*t when I was coming up, that I could'a got my head blowed off too, um when I was younger... I pretty much got him out the car, lifted his shirt up to make sure he didn't have no pistol on him, cause I was gonna take that."

The man said he talked to the youngster and advised him to get a new hustle. He said he wanted to discipline the fatherless boy.

"I wanted to whup him, you know what I'm saying. I wanted to knock his teeth out his mouth, but I didn't.

"He lived to see another day. The next person ain't gonna be as lenient as I am."

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Atlanta's crime wave hit close to home for Chris "Ludacris” Bridges. The rap mogul's black Mercedes-Benz was stolen when he stopped at the ATM on Monday, 11 Alive News reports.

The Atlanta-based rapper flagged down a police cruiser around 4:40 p.m. after his car was stolen when he left it running while he stopped at the ATM.

He said he heard his car speed away while he was at the ATM and did not get a good look at the suspect.

Police used the car's electronic tracking device to locate an area off Lois Place where the car was driven. Some of the rapper's personal belongings were found discarded there but the car was gone.

Police continued to track the vehicle to a parking garage at 1270 Spring Street in Midtown Atlanta. An apartment complex called Spectrum shares the parking garage.

Police said the car was unoccupied and they returned the vehicle to Ludacris.

99 cars were stolen in the first week of January 2021 in Atlanta, according to 11 Alive News Of those, 76 cars had the keys inside -- or were running.

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Still shaken, Sincerely Tweeted about her harrowing experience while her ears were still ringing.

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Ronald Robinson, 39, aka DJ Beestroh, was shot in the lower abdomen by police at the Velvet Room, according to a source who witnessed the melee. Robinson is in stable condition, DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Beestroh was spinning at a listening party for rapper Rick Ross, hosted by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs at the Velvet Room, a nightclub in the 3300 block of Chamblee Tucker Road.

“For whatever unknown reasons, it appears that this DJ who was involved in the shooting with some others turned and shot at the officers, and that’s when they returned fire,” said DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander, according to the AJC. But friends (who were at the scene) are telling a different story.

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