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One dead, one critically injured in overnight shooting off North Ave

Atlanta police were responding to a 911 call concerning illegal gambling just south of Midtown when “at least 20 shots were fired” during the incident in which two men in their 20s were hit.

One man is dead and another is in critical condition following a barrage of bullets at a strip center near the intersection of North Avenue and Boulevard late Monday evening.

According to Atlanta Police Officer Kim Jones, shortly after 10 p.m. police officers were responding to a 911 call concerning illegal gambling at the North Plaza strip center just south of Midtown in the Old Fourth Ward when shots were fired.

Jones said that when officers arrived on the scene, a black male ran to the officers with a gunshot wound to the torso. He was transported to Grady Memorial hospital where he is listed in critical condition.   

A second victim was transported from the intersection of Boulevard and North to the nearby Atlanta Medical center where he was pronounced deceased from a gunshot wound to the torso.

APD homicide unit commander Lt. Paul Guerrucci told WSB TV that people were fleeing the parking lot everywhere as “at least 20 shots were fired” during the incident in which the two men in their 20s were hit.

It is not known if the men shot were the intended targets or were just caught up in the crossfire. Police believe there were two gunmen who opened fired, but no arrests have been made at this time.

A pre-dawn visit to the crime scene, located on the southwest corner of North and Boulevard at 455 North, revealed a quiet parking lot where only hours before had been the scene to chaos that ended deadly. Shattered glass was still on the sidewalk outside the coin laundry, while an investigative evidence marker indicated where a bullet hit another laundry window.

The plaza is anchored by the Family Dollar and is also home to a Sherwin Williams and Wings & Subs restaurant.

John Sarine January 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I sure hope the Sherwin Williams store is okay
SIM January 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM
YBM?
JM Hurricane January 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
North Ave and Boulevard kick off 2013 with a bang.
Clicker January 15, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Must have forgotten to seperate the whites from the coloreds. Or maybe too much hot sauce on the wings. It's the little things that set people off.
Zewditu Demissie January 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
The racism in this town astounds me. Sad.
N January 15, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Or maybe somebody lost their malt liquor or Newports in a bet when they went ALL IN!!!
N January 15, 2013 at 02:39 PM
The truth is what it is, so why dont U put away ur Political Correctness???
Filtered78 January 15, 2013 at 02:58 PM
This is one of the many reasons why the government should not be in the business of providing housing to private citizens. They do a terrible job at it. Look at the statistics of crime and other social ills in these places where the government is supposedly helping those who are less fortunate. Look at the conditions these people live in. Section 8 housing, like the ones clustered all up and down Boulevard in this area, is immoral, wrong and counterproductive. Housing a large group of poor and underprivileged people in dense areas living on top of one another does nothing but breed crime, hopelessness and a viscous cycle of poverty and violence. If you live in a terrible neighborhood with no moral fiber, go to a terrible school and have no hope of bettering your own lot, and everyone you know is in the same exact position as you, what incentive do you have not to break the law to make ends meet? The government should provide those who are less fortunate with something akin to a voucher, the value of which can be devised through a formula that pegs it to average rent plus or minus x. Let private citizens make their own decisions on where they want to live and send their kids to school. Don't banish them to one central area where crime and hopelessness will inevitably take hold.
JustinK January 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM
So you know that Section 8 is precisely what you're describing right? The gov't cuts the checks but relies on private entities to offer the housing. They aren't drawing circles on a map and telling people they can only live in these parts of town. Given the higher administrative costs (dealing w/ gov't regulations including being more difficult to evict), not a ton of landlords want to deal w/ Section 8 at the FMR especially in this relatively hot rental market. Most landlords would rather take on people w/ marginal credit than heavily gov't subsidized tenants. What you wind up w/ is predatory firms (google Continental Wingate and Boulevard) that are able to get extremely profitable rents by creating slums w/ the gov't paying the bills b/c they can group enough together to minimize admin/maintenance costs. I'm sure the Section 8 tenants would love a beautiful SFH w/ a great school district (wouldn't we all) but many don't have access to transportation. You then wind up w/ a vicious cycle where the only landlords accepting Section 8 have housing in terrible areas of town where it's most profitable (already slums).
Chris H January 15, 2013 at 04:07 PM
It is sad, but when these things keep happening and the description of the criminals are the same again and again, comments like these are expected.
Filtered78 January 15, 2013 at 04:14 PM
@JustinK Actually no it is not precisely the same thing. The gov't does not draw a circle and say you must live here - you're right. But HUD has notoriously low standards for their Section 8 approved dwellings that can lead to people living in crime-infested squalor, like you see on Boulevard. It can create a high density of poverty. What I'm proposing is a more market-oriented voucher approach where the subsidies are enough to allow people to live in half-decent neighborhoods or mixed-income developments. Of course I'm not saying they should be granted a single family home in Buckhead, but there should be a formula that is devised and tweaked as market conditions change that allow people more freedom and options to live in half-decent neighborhoods and become productive members of society. The cost of these subsidies would likely be more than what they currently are, but the reduction of societal ills and the resulting stress places like Boulevard put on our police force, health care system and welfare programs will likely more than offset that increase in costs. Continental Wingate may be a private company profiting from what some might call dubious strategies, but it is HUD that empowers them through their standards for housing and antiquated/inflexible policies that create an environment where few private entities are willing to participate in the space and those that do have no incentive to develop half-decent housing.
Clicker January 15, 2013 at 04:39 PM
The black-on-black violent crime astounds me; it's rarely whites killing blacks. Too bad the black community doesn't often get as upset about their own being killed by each other as they do about some stupid comments on a web blog.
White Whiner January 15, 2013 at 08:30 PM
"N" and "Clicker" create a supremely hostile environment here. Why so hateful? Your racism is part of why black folks can't rise up. We can't look at ourselves if we're busy building walls against people like you. Stop the hatred. Grow up. Be part of the solution. Etc. Etc.
Chris H January 15, 2013 at 08:41 PM
White Whiner, how can we be part of the solution? If white people make any comments about issues in black culture that contribute to these kinds of crimes, we are considered racists. What can we do? Are we just supposed to let the black community fix all these problems themselves? Personally I feel helpless in trying to be part of the solution.
Urbanist January 15, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Yes, this shooting was a clear instance of people building a wall against racism. Nice try. The solution? Eminent domain, bulldoze the buildings, sell the land to developers who will build to certain specifications (no parking decks, mixed use, no lost street-front space, a mix of affordable units within each building - for which rents are set based on a potential tenant's level of income relative to the AMI for the area, etc.). Crime would disperse, no tenant would be jobless (as they would have to show income to a landlord to qualify for an apartment - affordable or market), and you'd get a level of density in the area that would be self-policing to a degree.
Urbanist January 15, 2013 at 09:38 PM
The solution? Eminent domain, bulldoze the buildings, sell the land to developers who will build to certain specifications (no parking decks, mixed use, no lost street-front space, a mix of affordable units within each building - for which rents are set based on a potential tenant's level of income relative to the AMI for the area, etc.). Crime would disperse, no tenant would be jobless (as they would have to show income to a landlord to qualify for an apartment - affordable or market), and you'd get a level of density in the area that would be self-policing to a degree.
N January 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM
TY...I consider that a compliment!!!
Clicker January 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Thank you for exactly proving my point Whiner. Someone else (the White Man!) is always at fault for the violence in the black community. Blacks can shrug their shoulders, yell 'Racist!' and be absolved of any and all responsibility. It's that easy.
Jack January 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Whatever the case, there is something we can do about this; contact our elected representatives and make clear that this behavior is not going to be tolerated. That means more police patrols and tougher sentencing. We're going into a mayoral election and given the fact that Mary Norwood lost by just a few hundred votes four years ago, you better believe that the local politicians are going to be paying attention.
Zewditu Demissie January 16, 2013 at 03:44 PM
@Chris H: I have no problem with facts. I have no problems with describing or discussing the suspects involved in the incident (and their race). I do have a problem with inflammatory, racist remarks like Clicker's. You can't tell me that the comment "must have forgotten to seperate the whites from the coloreds" was not a loaded one. Please. I am not one of those people that thinks all Whites are racists or that all comments that Whites make about Blacks are racist. I am just disappointed by the ones that are. I am not happy when anyone dies- White, Black, or otherwise. And I have a problem with anyone of any race committing a crime, even lesser ones. There are alot of problems within the Black community and outside it. And there are alot of reasons for them. I don't point my finger at Whites and say "you did this." Come on, that's ridiculous. If N and Clicker are happy with racist attitudes, well then so be it. I am not here to change any minds. Just expressing my dismay. Guess it shouldn't bother me so...should be expected. Sheesh.
bob January 16, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Is it still the "Year of Boulevard"?
bob January 16, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Boulevard is a total disaster, but your comment stinks all the same.
Tarie March 23, 2013 at 08:21 AM
No, while I agree with vouchers in theory, in practice the vouchers RUINED a lot of decent neighborhoods. See, when projects existed, a city's Local Housing Authority owned some tenements and rented them to the poor. But someone got the good idea that this is discriminatory. So, we give vouchers to the poor to move into middle class neighborhoods. A PRIME EXAMPLE is here in Atlanta. In the 80s and 90s, Cascade Heights, North Clayton county, Southlake Mall area were affluent or solidly middle class neighborhoods. People in neighborhoods around Tara Boulevard started renting their homes to Section 8 for the guaranteed income and the now when you see an episode of Cops in Atlanta, you see Tara Boulevard. Wingate now makes the profit off of Section 8, where if Atlanta owned tenements, at least the city could administer them directly for cost. Personally, I think we need some tenements to help the ease the burden of Section 8, especially with sex offenders and troublemakers.

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