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One dead, one critically injured in overnight shooting off North Ave

Atlanta police were responding to a 911 call concerning illegal gambling just south of Midtown when “at least 20 shots were fired” during the incident in which two men in their 20s were hit.

One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a barrage of bullets at a strip center near the intersection of North Avenue and Boulevard late Monday evening.

According to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones, shortly after 10 p.m. police officers were responding to a 911 call concerning illegal gambling at the North Plaza strip center just south of Midtown in the Old Fourth Ward when shots were fired.

Jones said that when officers arrived on the scene, a black male ran to the officers with a gunshot wound to the torso. He was transported to Grady Memorial hospital where he is listed in critical condition.   

A second victim was transported from the intersection of Boulevard and North to the nearby Atlanta Medical center where he was pronounced deceased from a gunshot wound to the torso.

APD homicide unit commander Lt. Paul Guerrucci told WSB TV that people were fleeing the parking lot everywhere as “at least 20 shots were fired” during the incident in which the two men in their 20s were hit.

It is not known if the men shot were the intended targets or were just caught up in the crossfire. Police believe there were two gunmen who opened fired, but no arrests have been made at this time.

A pre-dawn visit to the crime scene, located on the southwest corner of North and Boulevard at 455 North, revealed a quiet parking lot where only hours before had been the scene to chaos that ended deadly. Shattered glass was still on the sidewalk outside the coin laundry, while an investigative evidence marker indicated where a bullet hit another laundry window.

The plaza is anchored by the Family Dollar and is also home to a Sherwin Williams and Wings & Subs restaurant.

Jack January 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Whatever the case, there is something we can do about this; contact our elected representatives and make clear that this behavior is not going to be tolerated. That means more police patrols and tougher sentencing. We're going into a mayoral election and given the fact that Mary Norwood lost by just a few hundred votes four years ago, you better believe that the local politicians are going to be paying attention.
Zewditu Demissie January 16, 2013 at 03:44 PM
@Chris H: I have no problem with facts. I have no problems with describing or discussing the suspects involved in the incident (and their race). I do have a problem with inflammatory, racist remarks like Clicker's. You can't tell me that the comment "must have forgotten to seperate the whites from the coloreds" was not a loaded one. Please. I am not one of those people that thinks all Whites are racists or that all comments that Whites make about Blacks are racist. I am just disappointed by the ones that are. I am not happy when anyone dies- White, Black, or otherwise. And I have a problem with anyone of any race committing a crime, even lesser ones. There are alot of problems within the Black community and outside it. And there are alot of reasons for them. I don't point my finger at Whites and say "you did this." Come on, that's ridiculous. If N and Clicker are happy with racist attitudes, well then so be it. I am not here to change any minds. Just expressing my dismay. Guess it shouldn't bother me so...should be expected. Sheesh.
bob January 16, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Is it still the "Year of Boulevard"?
bob January 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Boulevard is a total disaster, but your comment stinks all the same.
Tarie March 23, 2013 at 08:21 AM
No, while I agree with vouchers in theory, in practice the vouchers RUINED a lot of decent neighborhoods. See, when projects existed, a city's Local Housing Authority owned some tenements and rented them to the poor. But someone got the good idea that this is discriminatory. So, we give vouchers to the poor to move into middle class neighborhoods. A PRIME EXAMPLE is here in Atlanta. In the 80s and 90s, Cascade Heights, North Clayton county, Southlake Mall area were affluent or solidly middle class neighborhoods. People in neighborhoods around Tara Boulevard started renting their homes to Section 8 for the guaranteed income and the now when you see an episode of Cops in Atlanta, you see Tara Boulevard. Wingate now makes the profit off of Section 8, where if Atlanta owned tenements, at least the city could administer them directly for cost. Personally, I think we need some tenements to help the ease the burden of Section 8, especially with sex offenders and troublemakers.

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