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3 Teens Shot as Crowds Leave Screen on the Green

Suspect arrested in shooting.

Three teenagers were shot Thursday night as crowds left Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park. 

Witnesses say the shootings occurred when two groups began fighting at Peachtree and 10th streets, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos. It happened around 11 p.m. just as thousands of people were leaving the screening of "Sixteen Candles."

Police found one of the victims, an 18-year-old male, behind the at Crescent Avenue and 10th Street. He was wounded in lower left leg and transported to Atlanta Medical Center.

A second victim, a 17-year-old male, later showed up at Southern Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper right leg, Campos said. 

A third victim, a 16-year-old male, also showed up later at Grady Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower right leg, Campos said.

All three victims were listed in stable condition at the time, he said. 

Police arrested 18-year-old Christopher Thornton in the incident. An officer on the scene Sgt. Bob Albertini said police apprehended Thornton, who fled on foot, at 11th and Juniper streets. Police found a handgun on the teenager, Campos said. 

He said police aren't sure if the teens attended Screen on the Green. 

"Preliminary investigation determined that witnesses reported two groups of black males fighting with each other at the intersection of Peachtree and 10th streets after leaving the Screen on the Green event," Campos said. "We have not been able to corroborate accounts of whether participants in the incident attended the event, however."

Police continue to investigate the case. 

"It should be noted that there were no major incidents at the Screen on the Green event itself, or  in Piedmont Park. Atlanta Police presence has been increased to ensure the safety of patrons at the event," Campos said. 

Albertini said officers patrolling Screen on the Green assisted the operation. "We had tight security tonight," he said. "They had all their resources out here."

Lee June 17, 2011 at 03:24 PM
But if you kick them out, they'll just go a block away from the Park (or even just elsewhere in the Park) and continue doing what they're doing. That would help the noise situation for those really there to watch the movie, but it doesn't help the neighborhood in general. Midtown Blue can't be everywhere on these nights. These kids are going to congregate wherever there's a free event, and if you kick them out of the free event, they'll still congregate near it. I'm afraid cancelling the free event is the only answer that will really work.
DAP June 17, 2011 at 03:38 PM
If more people smoked joints there, less shooting would happen. I walked through a couple of weeks ago and at least 50 city police were there.
Chris H June 17, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Urbanist, you make a very good point. The security should be proactive. Make the Screen on the Green not fun for people that just want to come to socialize. If they are being harassed by security constantly they won't want to return. If something is not done then this event should just be shut down. It's starting to attract the wrong crowd anyway.
DAP June 17, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Start showing films like The Sound of Music and Herbie the Love Bug and the shooters of all colors would stay away.
Chris Kappy June 17, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Steve, thank you for showing the Daniel Corporations true colors. The events that happen 6 blocks away have nothing to do with the nightclub. It is refreshing to see a Sr. VP spread propaganda over the internet. Very classy. I would expect more from a "leader of the community" (don't you sit on the Board of the Midtown Alliance?) There is no connection between either event. I bet it made the people at The Lowes Hotel nervous, too! Maybe the people at Taco Mac were nervous? How about the people at Checkers? Or are you just reaching out to try and start a baseless connection that has absolutely no bearing or relation to the event that happened at Piedmont Park. Please grow up and act like an adult and a pillar of the community, not a spreader of rumors and misinformation.
AlwaysGettingBetter June 17, 2011 at 04:32 PM
You could put them in prison -- that's been our solution thus far. No one's addressing the underlying social issues that give rise to young Blacks ruining public spaces -- well maybe Bill Cosby. They have no jobs, no education, their parents were likely kids themselves with the father absent. These aren't Black college students btw. These are kids from hoods (like the one I live in) who got nothing to lose and don't know better. Three hots and a cot...well maybe I'll get some street cred and see my daddy. I saw a mother yell at her baby at the bottom of the steps, "get your ass up here!" repeatedly...to a toddler in diapers who could barely crawl. Otherwise the drug using adults in the house just yell at the babies to "shut up!" Nice environment. ANYONE raised in this atmosphere of neglect and deprivation will not be "socialized" and is a problem for society. But we just want to watch our fun "sixteen candles" movie in a manicured park. Don't ask us to pay more taxes for intervention programs or actually live near "these people," so that we might make a difference in their lives as a community.
Chris Kappy June 17, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Thank you Steve.
Steve Baile June 17, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Chris Kappy, I hope you read my comments below and accept my apology. I was sad to just find out there had been three young men shot in the incident. We heard the gun shots come from the direction of the club but immediately knew it happened somewhere closer to tenth street. We immediately knew this had nothing to do with the club and again my comments regarding what happened in the parking lot are inappropriate given my position regarding the club.
Urbanist June 17, 2011 at 04:52 PM
AGB, you're right. The problem with crime in Atlanta, and elsewhere, is that there is a neglected populace that is absent education, employment, and the responsible behavior that follows those. Now, many of you might not make this connection the way I do, but I think a primary factor for this neglect, is the way Atlanta has structured itself. It has allowed itself to turn into a city where people can run away from the problems, and find solace in a highly segregated, distant suburb. It has provided roads and public transportation to areas that are far outside the city, while neglecting the transportation needs of the city itself. It has allowed it's finances to become severely strained, by catering to the desires of the "metro area" without imposing the appropriate cost for this accommodation. The more Atlanta builds outward, the larger this strain will become.
Jason Parkside June 17, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Seriously? Really? Did you just say that? The majority of the reason that "these people" act and live this way and destroy everything decent for everyone else, is that they have grown up leaching off of people who educate themselves and have, at the very least, basic social skills. What they can't get from "social assistance" or "intervention programs", they just take from someone else who worked for it. Yes, it's a problem, but no, it's not my fault. People make choices in life, and suffer the consequences, or reap the rewards, which doesn't mean that working hard and not shooting people in the street will make you happy or rich, but it does make you not a worthless, annoying asshole. If every group of people who has suffered social injustice and inequality throughout history decided to play "victims of the 'system'", the entire population of the planet would just sit around whining day and night. From what you said, it seems that you have managed to stay afloat in a terrible environment, which no doubt is the direct result of choices you have made, and you should expect others to do the same, on their own. And before anyone rails on me for being against social programs, I am not at all, but any social program that will ever work has to reward work, not burn more funds and energy giving handouts..... >
Jason Parkside June 17, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Remember that the next time an aggressive bum tries to charge you for a Marta fare that he got from Midtown Assistance Center. The one that they gave him to "mobilize him to find gainful employment."
Marc Acampora June 17, 2011 at 06:46 PM
My comment, which was the first posted on this story, should not have been censored by deletion. I merely predicted, when the story broke, that the perpetrators were black males. I was correct. I made the prediction not out of "hate" or "racism" but because history has shown that certain groups tend to be the spoilers in certain situations. Just like contemporary terrorism. I always predict that it was perpetrated by young muslim men with facial hair, and I seem to always turn out to be right. The point is that, contrary to hip and PC opinions on the matter, the first step in solving a problem is to positively ID those who are causing the problem.
Amy Wenk June 17, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Marc, just wanted you to know that your comment came down because it was flagged by other readers three times. When that happens, the comment is removed automatically. Thanks for reading.
Ron June 17, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Marc - I sincerely hope you're not overweight or elderly or even balding because those are also physical attributes that people have negative and incorrect associations with. Judging people based on physical attributes they cannot control only shows just how small your world really is. Your prediction was correct in this particular instance so I hope you gave yourself a much deserved pat on the back. Good job! And I really hope someone from another race other than African American doesn't shoot anyone anytime soon because I'd really hate for you to be wrong.
AlwaysGettingBetter June 17, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Your "solution" is to "expect others to do the same, on their own (reap the consequences of the choices made)," is largely what we've been doing and why YOU still have a problem. Don't give yourself too much credit Jason Parkside, as I doubt you were raised in neglect and deprivation. Your choices are a result of your, at worst, mediocre parents / community's choices -- no man's an island my friend. An infant, toddler, young child is permanently shaped by these experiences of neglect, abuse and deprivation -- and have no chance of change without direct intervention (a bus token given to an "aggressive bum" won't cut it). With your strategy, the one prevailing in society, each unsocialized, adolescent Black male has to figure it out on his own. Even if 50% manage to make the right decision...that's a a lot of young Black men making the wrong decisions. You say, "lock 'em up, let 'em learn"....but you're paying for it in tax dollars to feed/shelter them or worse yet, you pay for it directly with a stray bullet that kills your little girl when you go to SOTG or when you're mugged and beaten. Remember that when you become a victim.
tres handy June 17, 2011 at 08:16 PM
AGB, "Actually live near these people" Have you even notices what's been going in the city the last 20 yrs?Whites ARE moving back into the city AND changing neighborhoods,Grant Park,West Midtown,East Atlanta. We have the highest property taxes in state (aren't these funds used to build schools hire teachers and discipline students? Please,the people moving back into city are cleaning an d rebuilding parks on their OWN. We are currently paying the highest water rates in the country. We are thought of as nothing more than MARK and or a piggybank for our cities corrupt leadership. Have you seen the facilities and parks these kids have access to?Take a look at the rec ctr of HG Holmes go to Washington park. I only wish I had access to facilities like these as a kid. I knew many black young men that grew up in bad circumstances and never resulted to behavior like these thugs. You wanna know the reason kids behave like this?Because they CAN and because thet want to.
Midtown Jerry June 17, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Lola B...interesting that Justus said they were stuck in traffic, NOT at the park...I too was stuck in traffic at the corner of 10th and Peachtree when the shooting happened..Notably I was in a cab with a driver from Africa who had nothing good to say about the way the dozens of black youth were just strolling down the middle of the road not giving a damn about rules, social norms and apparently LAWS! He said that he was embarrassed to say that he was African...I said that I could see why, but appreciated that he was working his way to success in this great country of ours and not collecting welfare due to laziness and a sense entitlement I was also at the park earlier in the night, and couldn't believe the number of police that were there for Sixteen Candles......Saying it was a racial incident, does not make me a racist, but I am as fed up as the rest of the non-blacks about the double standard that goes on in this city. We need to put an end to reverse racism now, before it gets further out of hand.
Urbanist June 17, 2011 at 09:10 PM
tres - I have to correct a few inaccuracies in your statement. (i) We have the highest property taxes in the state, because we're the biggest city. That's the way it goes. We also have high property taxes, because a large portion of people that call themselves "Atlantans" don't pay property taxes into city of Atlanta coffers. (ii) We don't have the highest water rates in the country. As a matter of fact, we're nowhere even close. Jefferson County, in Alabama, charges their citizens a water rate that is almost 3x ours. (iii) Whites are moving into the city. But, our population growth had been an annual average of 320 per year over the past 10 years...weak would be putting it nicely.
TakeMidtownBack June 17, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Apologize all you want....the club is still a horrible idea and will only wreak havoc on what is already becoming a much more uncomfortable Midtown.
tres handy June 17, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Great Spinning Urban?But not even closee "320 a year for the last 10 yrs" WTF are you talking about?Look at the 1990 census and look at the 2000 and 2010 census at the percentage change of blacks. and whites. Please name another urban city where whites are moving in at a faster rate. Re Water Rates Name another city over 25k in this country that has higher water rates?I'm talking about some hillbilly's that got screwed over in wall street deal. Property Taxes; Are you freakin serious? Lots of people who call themselves Atlantas don't pay into our coffers" are you serious? Name another city of our size that has more city council members? How 'bout our 16K to 18k per year we are supposed to spend on students. Problem with this city NOTHING to do with more people paying into the coffers
Jason Parkside June 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM
AlwaysGettingBetter : Yes, that sounds familiar. "give us your money or we'll shoot you". Sounds a lot like a threat, because it it.
Terry Smith June 17, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Without pointing fingers or hurling insults or trying to place blame, can we all not agree that these types of incidences are indicative of much deeper problems within our society? And until we can ALL try to understand the how's and the why's we will NEVER find any solutions, and it will only get worse. For the record, no one race holds any monopoly on being knuckleheads, however much we might like to think so.
Jason Parkside June 17, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Yes, Terry, I agree. There is a larger social sickness here, but it still stands that social intervention has to come from within, and there is a long standing history of some groups receiving, and repeatedly taking advantage of outside "help", which has led to several entire generations of people who blame everyone else for their problems. The reality is that the only solution is to let some people go, and try to minimize the damage in the process.
Urbanist June 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM
OK, well, you're officially an idiot. The city has grown by about 3,200 people over the past 10 years. Divide 3200, by 10. It's pretty simple math. Water rates - well, Jefferson county is Birmingham. There are a lot more than 25k people in Birmingham. Oh, and in case that's not enough for you, here's another city that has higher water rates. NYC. I could probably go on and on with this, but you won't get it, so I won't waste my time. The problem doesn't have anything to do with needing more revenue? Really? So I guess our city's fiscal situation is just fine, huh? tres handy or tres imbicile?
tres handy June 18, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Urban, Go aheade,use 20 gallons of water in NYC,Birminham,Las Vegas...you name it. And use 20 gallons in Atl.In which city are you gonna have the HIGHEST water bill? With ALL that includes.(Sewer Fees etc) So you don't think our city has a spending problem?I notice you didn't address the 16k to 18K on our per capita HS student spending.Great results huh?We're cheating in standerdized test and still can make the grade. How 'bout the size of our city council.Can you name another city the size of Atlanta that has a bigger one? Look at the funds the city is spending on pensions the fraud and waste that goes on at the airport(consessions, does that ring a bell?) What's your solution?Raise property taxes(again)No offense,but I seriuosly doubt you are a property owner so maybe your all for it. How 'bout rasing water rates?Oh yea,that just happened again We can go to 9 percent in our sales tax. The city has finally experinced growth the last 2 decades and the ruling junta of this city is doing its best to drive people back out. .
Urbanist June 18, 2011 at 01:29 AM
I never said we didn't have a spending problem. I said we have a revenue problem. Those two can happen simultaneously. I've suggested before a congestion tax, increased tolls, commuter taxes, etc. to alleviate the strain that OTP imposes on ITP. I don't think raising prop taxes is a good idea, as it demotivates people to own property in the city. I think there is a huge burden on this city that is largely the result of a transient crowd that bears no cost or responsibility for the stress they impose on the city.
tres handy June 18, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Well,I wouldn,t disagree on raising revenues on OTP'ers that work inside the city but you have to be careful on how to approach it.I also would like some type of transportation fee for these trucks that are RUINING our surface streets.So there,I think we have some common ground.
Acer June 18, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Urbanist, While you are correct that the total population only increased by 3,500, I believe Tres was attempting to point out the fact that between the 2000 and 2010 Census 'the city gained 22,763 white residents while losing 28,795 black residents.' The percentage changes include 2000 white 33.2%, black 61.4%; 2010 white 38.4%, black 54%.
DAP June 19, 2011 at 01:21 PM
So it is settled now. Show "The Sound of Music" in the park and both crime and water rates will drop!
James June 19, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Its fine that people find the behavior of these teens unacceptable and desire better law enforcement which is certainly needed. The difficult part is understanding that these people do not behave this way because they are black. All of these behaviors can be traced to fatherlessness which can in turn be traced directly to government programs that essentially paid women to remain single beginning in the 60's. That's when you see historically black neighborhoods across the country begin a downward spiral. We as a society are still suffering the consequences of this destruction of the black family and our society will continue to decline to the extent that fatherlessness grows in other segments of our country.

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