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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."

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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