Shooting in Atlanta: Police established a cordon because the suspect is still on the run
At least one person was killed, four others were injured and one suspect remains at large after a mass shooting in downtown Atlanta, according to police.
The Atlanta Police Department reported an “active shooter situation” shortly after noon near Northside Hospital Medical Midtown.
Police identified a suspect as 24-year-old Deion Patterson, who is “believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached,” according to police.
Four victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where three people are in critical condition and another person is in surgery. One person was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, police said.
Atlanta Police Department Chief Darin Schierbaum told reporters that the five women had been shot in a waiting room on the 11th floor of the building. Chief Schierbaum said the woman who died was 39 years old, while the other four injured women were 25, 39, 56 and 71 years old.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said his office remains in close contact with police and continues to advise people to shelter in place.
There have been at least 189 mass shootings in the US in the first five months of 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Technology played a “very important role” in the arrest of the shooting suspect
Advanced surveillance technology played a “huge role” in the capture of the gunman wanted for shooting five people at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday.
Authorities said a key break in the case came when investigators saw a license plate number on a vehicle the attacker allegedly stole.
“Those tools are what really gave us the clues we needed to make this a success,” Cobb County Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said during a news conference Wednesday.
The police official said officers checked several locations, including a construction site, while accumulating information on the suspect, believed to be Deion Patterson.
Eventually, VanHoozer said, an undercover officer confronted the suspect and officers were able to take him into custody without incident.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 02:02
APD chief praises ‘capable and confident’ response
Atlanta police officers commend police for quickly capturing an individual wanted for shooting five people at a local hospital.
Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum called the investigation a “capable and confident” response.
“In this most dire of circumstances, you have shown what you do on a daily basis,” he said.
Atlanta police officers said they were able to locate the suspect after tagging a license plate number on a van he stole as he fled the scene toward Cobb County.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 01:56
Atlanta mayor thanks police after mass shooting suspect is arrested
“The police have taken the suspect into custody thanks to the highly trained police officers,” Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said during a news conference Wednesday. “We were able to detain this suspect without further damage.”
“The police not only apprehended this man, but also kept our community safe during a tremendously tense afternoon and evening.”
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 01:53
As shootings continue, US states further loosen gun laws
Many US states continue to weaken their gun laws, even as mass shootings continue.
As we reported in March, in the weeks before six people, including three 9-year-old boys, were fatally shot inside a Nashville school, Tennessee lawmakers considered various laws to ease restrictions on firearms.
The proposals came two years after Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill making it easier for people to openly carry firearms in the state without a permit. Tennessee is one of 25 states with a concealed carry without permit law, a move US lawmakers have been quick to adopt as part of what right-wing activists have called a “constitutional carry” movement in recognition of the Second Amendment.
The same year the Tennessee legislation was signed into law, lawmakers passed similar measures in Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Texas and Utah. In 2022, lawmakers passed similar bills in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is expected to enact a similar measure this year after it passed in a GOP-controlled legislature.
Read by alex woodward full report.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 01:52
Were “messy” drugs to blame for the Atlanta shooting?
Atlanta mass shooting suspect Deion Patterson was angry about his “spoiled” medication before he allegedly killed a woman and wounded four others at a city hospital.
The suspect, who used to serve in the US Coast Guard, is still on the loose and a mass manhunt is underway after police warned the 24-year-old is “considered armed and dangerous.” “Don’t go near him,” tweeted the Atlanta Police Department how they identified it
The suspect, who has a military background, had originally attended a doctor’s appointment at the building on Wednesday accompanied by his mother, CNN reported.
During the appointment he became agitated, pulled out a gun and allegedly started shooting, a police source told the news network.
Graeme Massie has the full story.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 01:37
Shooting suspect seen being arrested
A news helicopter captured footage of Atlanta-area police arresting a wanted suspect for shooting at least five people, one fatally, at a Midtown hospital on Wednesday.
A news crew from 11Alive captured live footage of a man, possibly Deion Patterson, being detained at a condominium complex in Cobb County.
The station also reports that Mr. Patterson was seen wandering the complex with an exposed weapon and that he had a prior possession of marijuana on his record.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 01:26
Suspect Arrested in Atlanta Shooting
Deion Patterson, the suspect in a shooting at an Atlanta, Georgia hospital that left one woman dead and four others wounded, has been taken into custody, police said.
Follow our breaking news coverage here for the latest information.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 01:11
The shooting suspect was visiting the hospital with his mother
A man accused of fatally shooting at least one person and wounding at least four more was visiting a Midtown Atlanta medical center with his mother, CNN reports.
The mother of suspected gunman Deion Patterson is reportedly cooperating with police.
jose marcusMay 4, 2023 00:50
Raphael Warnock urges Congress to act on gun violence after Atlanta shooting: “None of us are safe”
The children of the Georgia senator were locked in their schools during the persecution.
Graeme MassieMay 4, 2023 00:31
Suspect’s vehicle found in Cobb County
A vehicle allegedly stolen by Deion Patterson was located inside a parking lot along Heritage Court near The Battery Atlanta.
“We got information that the shooter may have come to Cobb County, so we started going through our herd cameras,” said Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk. “We came back to find that the vehicle had entered Cobb County.”
Graeme MassieMay 4, 2023 00:10