3 dead, others injured after 4 shootings in less than 2-hour span in Atlanta

There have been 88 homicides in 2022, compared to 81 this time last year
Police make plea after 4 shootings in 2 hours in Atlanta
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 3:54 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Atlanta police officials confirmed to CBS46 News three people are dead and multiple others were injured in shootings in less than a two-hour span in the city on Thursday afternoon.

“This police department is making an appeal. When you’re angry, put the weapons down. Walk away from the weapons,” said Darin Schierbaum, Interim Police Chief of the Atlanta Police Department.

According to APD, there have been 88 homicides in Atlanta in 2022, through July 30. There were 81 at this time last year.

Schierbaum said rates had slowed down this summer, dropping since April.

APD Crime stats - through July 30, 2022.
APD Crime stats - through July 30, 2022.(Atlanta Police Department)

“We’ve been very successful in tackling gangs that are present that are impacting and driving violent crime. We are shutting down drug dealing operations that’s driving crime. But moments of anger, that’s why we’re appealing to the citizens,” said Schierbaum, in an interview on Thursday.

The first shooting was reported on 17th Street in Atlanta Station. Chopper46 flew above the scene and could see a white car surrounded by police officers and other responders.

Police officials confirmed to CBS46 News that people were playing with a gun inside an apartment when it accidentally discharged and hit a man.

That man, who has not been identified by police, was rushed to a nearby hospital.

The second shooting was reported at the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Columbia Commons on Thursday afternoon. Upon arrival, officers found a male dead on the scene. This shooting remains under investigation.

A man was found dead with a gun in his lap at Central Park. Police tell CBS46 News they are investigating that shooting as a suicide.

“I know that they’ve increased patrols both in Central Park and in Renaissance Park, and I think that’s made a difference, people feel safer,” said Catherine Chase, President of 4th Ward West Neighborhood Association.

“But I think the general climate is a little bit of a concern for most people today,” Chase said.

Investigators say they believe it is connected to another shooting at a nearby apartment complex that happened at 355 North Ave.

Residents outside of Central Fulton Senior Services told CBS46 News that the woman shot was a beloved employee.

Police said they’re not sure if the man and woman involved in the suspected murder-suicide have a relationship.

That was the fourth reported shooting on Thursday.

Police say they found a woman in her 60s shot dead. All of these shootings remain under police investigation.