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Shooting Death Near QUAD

Man shot in the back in parking lot of Midtown club.

Atlanta police are investigating the shooting death of a man early Saturday morning stemming from a dispute among partygoers at the QUAD nightclub that spilled out into a nearby parking lot.

"It appears the incident started inside a club based on an argument that escalated into the shooting a short distance from the club," Atlanta Police Department Lt. Paul Guerrucci, told 11Alive, regarding the 4:20 a.m. incident.

The male victim, who was not identified, was shot and killed in Spring Street parking lot behind the Varsity restaurant, as the Quad was closing, police said.

In an e-mail to Midtown Patch, Quad owner Rick D. Day said the incident stemmed from a comment made to a woman among two groups of partygoers.

He gave the following account:

A party goer was the victim of a drive by shooting at approximately 4:20 a.m. Saturday at 688 Spring St. According to witnesses and videotape, two groups of people at a party held at QUAD got into an argument over a comment made to a woman, which then escalated outside.

One group including the perpetrator headed north up Spring towards Arby's and the other group headed south toward Concentra. Venue security cameras clearly show the perpetrator flashing gang signs and making gestures of hostility.

When the victim, his friends and brother were in the Lanier lot next to Concentra at 688 Spring, a further altercation developed resulting in the death of the victim, who died in his brother's arms. Blood was found in the lot after APD homicide left the scene in space number 133.

A small memorial of beads and sunglasses was left by someone within hours.

The perpetrators are four black males ages 21-28. The alleged shooter was wearing a thick black 'pea jacket' and dreds. The other three individuals were in their late 20s, with the driver of the car possibly wearing a plaid shirt.  The left the scene in a green early 2000 model Toyota Camry.

QUAD management utilizes ID scanners to verify the integrity of the ID, or to check if it has been 'passed back' to someone else in line. QUAD security clearly remembers the suspects because the suspect had $4,000 in cash on him when searched for weapons. The security officer admonished the suspect to be careful flashing cash. Allegedly the suspected shooter bragged that he had a gun in his car, therefore he was confident he would not be accosted.

Video shows the individuals leaving the party as a group of 6 headed to Arby's. One individual runs ahead, apparently to the vehicle. The video then shows a black male and a white female separate from the other four. According to the parking lot attendant, who witnessed everything outside that lead to the shooting, the four individuals seemed angry and shouted threats at the other group, by then over a block away.

His license information, as well as the other two suspects are now in the hands of APD Homicide Investigators.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

N October 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Once again...Thugz ruining the Midtown community!!!
Marc Acampora October 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Hey, wow, the perps were young black males. I don't recall that ever happening in Midtown before.
Rock John Toolie October 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Damn thats my wife's cousin........
Me not you October 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Why is there a picture of a girl when it says it was a man that was shot?
Ruben Brown October 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
What you mean about things never happening in Midtown? Where have you been, under a rock? @ Marc. I'm just sick of all these straight clubs being moved into Midtown, such a small area around the 10th Street, Peachtreet Street and Juniper Street area. You have a lot of gay bashing, really heavy traffic, music from cars at extreme loud volume, arguing, fighting and alot of them can't this goes on until nearly four in the morning.
Ruben Brown October 06, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Some people just do not know how to go out have a good time without disturbing others, respecting others and act like they have some class, they always wanna fight and argue, then somebody ends up hurt or dead over something stupid blown way outta proportion. People can be dumb, stupid and ignorant.
Ike October 06, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Just another reason why I chose my leisure time at night somewhere other than Spring Street in Midtown.
JM Hurricane October 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
LOL, you post the same comment every time. Are you cutting and pasting?
whydoyoucare October 06, 2012 at 05:13 PM
quad sucks. so do the people who go and work there. also, it's bullshit that security scans ID's - that place is crawling with underage kids even as young as 14 and 15. it needs to be shut down, it's a terrible place with a terrible reputation. especially after this.
Serena Rue October 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I agree with whydoyoucare.... The Quad formerly known as Spring Forth Center aka The Red Door is a vile place... With much disregard to the safety and wellbeing of their patrons. I snuck in there at 15 myself and continued to frequent the club into my early 20's. Some of the things that are allowed to occur there are completely illegal and not to mention disgusting. It is not at all surprising yet still sad that this incident happened. As for the Quad's supposed security measures.... Laughable at best. As most of their security personnel are party-goers themselves who participate in all sorts of illegal activity.
johnson crapperson October 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM
this was nothing to do with QUAD why mention the name?? just because police enforcement have been trying over several months to shut down QUAD this is what you come to? this is how your approaching it? WARNING varsity has HOSTILE AND VIOLENT parking lot. or maybe it was the BLACK club right next door. just because it was over a 1,000 feet away from quad does not mean ANYTHING!
johnson crapperson October 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
DONT even come up with that shit SERENA RUE. you may have been sneeking in that club when you were 15 but if thats true you would have had to come to relize that you were in a gay fetish club. QUAD hasnt been around that long.
johnson crapperson October 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
this is FALSE information. they have had plenty of people ARRESTED and obtained to the what georgia calls our "police enforcement".
johnson crapperson October 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
FALSE
johnson crapperson October 06, 2012 at 06:29 PM
lol like RUSH hahahahahahahahaha JUST kidding id rather go to connect than rush
twin October 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
rip jmike
Noneya October 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
@Johnson crapperson, It says in the report above that the perp was checked at the door at QUAD with 4 grand in cash on him and that QUAD security clearly remembers him. Read and get your facts. QUAD is a horrible place and should be shut down.
Nicki Reyes October 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Just to make this CLEAR. I am 20 years old. All of my friends go to the quad. I've been to the quad. It's a fun sociable place. But it is extremely out of control I won't even go with my friends anymore. Everyone there is strung out on LSD and MDMA. I'm going to keep this short so @johnson crapperson please realize how harmful the quad actually is. Everyone preaches "peace love unity respect and responsibility" PLURR- but what's so peaceful about violence? The only reason you all "love" is because you're on ecstasy and you FEEL that way because of the drugs. And if someone from the quad shot someone else from the quad, how is that unity? The most important thing that I don't understand are the 2 Rs. Everyone I know that has been to college in ATL has failed out because they were TOO BUSY going to the quad. A responsible and respectful (especially self-respectful) doesn't go out and get high instead of aspiring to pass their college classes. I'm just saying, just because it is a FUN PLACE does not mean it is a GOOD PLACE.
Dee October 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
RIP jmike, this was my cousin's boyfriend, and now he leaves behind her and their beautiful baby boy. He was a wonderful father. All of your comments are worthless, the hurt and pain of losing anyone is tragic. It could be a car wreck, plane crash, fighting, or shooting.. It still does not change the pain of what the family has to go thorugh.
aposter October 06, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The suspect may have had dreads? Shocked, shocked I tells ya. For the sake of saving space they should start using the acronym Y.B.M.W.D. when describing 90% of the suspects in Atlanta.
Troy Phillips October 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I will not say that what happened at the Quad last night is Karma but the lack of good management by the owners. However when you are more worried about what it looks like with the police setting outside the club because your security is doing its job and sending people to jail this is what you get. You people hired me because I am a “Security Specialist”. I have run security operations all over the world and I know what works and what does not work, I also have a Master’s Degree in Security Management therefore I think I know what I am doing when it comes to running a security staff . In the year and a half that I ran your security there was never a shooting, stabbing, or any serious injury to your patrons or staff. Because you allow drug dealers to say who runs your security so you can get your cut you have now cost someone their life.
Play Attention October 07, 2012 at 02:02 AM
QUAD management utilizes ID scanners to verify the integrity of the ID... BUT who is the holder of the ID? Would "QUAD" like to explain how people UNDER 18 repeatedly get in? I know 16 year olds that frequent the establishment. NOT COOL!
Don Jones October 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
DJ, Marc, how about making up a bumper sticker? It would be a big seller!
John Cort October 08, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Johnson Crapperson, Spring Forth (which the quad is part of) was opened in 2006. Serenna could have come in when she was 15 if she is now 20. A lot of the reason the Quad is known is due to the parties thrown by Spring Forth. I dont think they had regular security back then, I think the people who threw the parties supplied them so who knows how good/bad they were.
Tammy October 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Bring back Loretta's!
JoshI October 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM
"... Because you allow drug dealers to say who runs your security so you can get your cut you have now cost someone their life." That pretty much says it all
Fuyaall October 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I hope justice is served. I hope that punk ass bitch sits in jail the rest of his life and his friends.
tonya williams October 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
R.I.P jmike its said how people kill for simple shit. I will miss you and for those who did this u will have your day real soon. And for the club I'm not goin to say nothing negative, I would say thanks to the owner, for cooperating with the police. At least somebody is helping with the case. Stop the violence young people!
Erica October 31, 2012 at 03:56 AM
R.i.p.baby, we miss you like crazy...you didn't deserve to die the way you did..may god have mercy on the man that took my friend life....we miss you, and love you...R.I.P Jermicheal!!!!

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