Atlanta mass shooting suspect Deion Patterson was angry about his “spoiled” medication before he allegedly killed one and wounded four others at a city hospital.
The suspect remains at large 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.
“The fucking VA gave him some messy medication. And all he wanted was an Ativan,” her mother, Minyone Patterson, told the daily beast before hanging up.
Heavily armed police officers proceeded to 1100 West Peachtree Street Northwest, which is a Northside Hospital facility, at lunchtime Wednesday as the violence unfolded.
“There have been no additional shots fired since the initial incident,” Atlanta Police Department spokesman Sergeant John Chaffee said in a statement.
“We are currently aware of five shooting victims related to this situation. Four have been transported to hospital for treatment and a fifth has been pronounced dead at the scene.”
All of the victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, which is a level 1 trauma center.
Dr. Robert Jansen told reporters at a news conference that three of the victims transported to hospital were in critical condition, with one person undergoing surgery.
Images taken from security video showing a masked man in a hoodie with a bag slung across his chest were also released by APD.
Multiple agencies, including Atlanta Police, Atlanta Fire, MARTA Police, Georgia Tech Police and the Georgia State Patrol responded to the situation.
Northside Hospital later confirmed that their building was the site of the shooting.
“Northside Hospital is cooperating with law enforcement following the shooting at our downtown Atlanta location this afternoon. We urge people in the area to shelter in place and follow instructions from law enforcement on the scene,” hospital officials tweeted.
“We are working on an active shooter situation inside a building on West. Peachtree St, between 12th St and 13th St. We are aware of several people injured. No suspects are in custody,” the Atlanta Police Department tweeted Wednesday.
“Anyone in the area is asked to secure their building and shelter in place. Anyone not in the area is asked to stay away. “
The city’s mayor also took to Twitter to urge people in the area to take shelter.
“I am in close contact with the Atlanta Police Department as they are responding to the active gunfire situation in Midtown, near 1100 W Peachtree. Those in the area should shelter in place.” tweeted Andre Dickens.
At around 1:30 p.m. ET, Atlanta Public Schools notified parents that several schools would be closed from the outside for the remainder of the day out of an “abundance of caution.”
Police are also investigating a nearby reported carjacking incident in the Williams and 13th Street blocks of the hospital. Shooting suspect Deion Patterson is no longer believed to be near the hospital. Police are working to determine if the incidents are related.
The Northside Hospital Midtown Medical Building is a 12-story facility that was opened by Northside Hospital Health System in 2018.
When it opened, the health system said the nearly 169,000-square-foot building would house medical offices and services for cancer, radiology, a spine center, sleep disorders, diabetes and nutrition, maternity, sports medicine, and emergency and primary care. .