UPDATE: Atlanta Mass Shooting Suspect who Killed 1 and Injured 4 Others Arrested
Multiple people have been injured in an active shooting incident in Midtown Atlanta. Those in the area are being asked to shelter in place.
UPDATE 12:00PM 5/4/23
Georgia police have arrested 24-year-old Deion Patterson, suspected of a mass shooting at a medical facility in Midtown Atlanta. He is being charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault.
Police say that all of the victims were in a waiting area on the 11th floor of the building where the shooting took place, before Patterson opened fire.
He killed a 39-year-old woman, and injured four others, aged 25, 39, 56 and 71.
It is unclear why he opened fire on the victims.
Patterson is a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the office of public affairs for the military branch. The Coast Guard has not provided details as to Patterson’s release from service, but the public affairs office released a statement reading in part, “The Coast Guard is aware of the tragic incident in Atlanta allegedly involving Mr. Deion Patterson. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families. The Coast Guard Investigative Service is working closely with the Atlanta Police Department and local authorities in the investigation.”
No other suspects are being sought in the case, and downtown Atlanta’s “shelter-in-place” order expired late yesterday.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES BELOW 5/3/23:
People in downtown Atlanta are being asked to shelter in place after an active shooting in Midtown led to multiple injuries.
Atlanta police say multiple people have been injured in what they called an active shooter situation Wednesday afternoon on West Peachtree Street.
Witnesses from Channel 2 in Atlanta say they saw that what appeared to be hundreds of heavily-armed police officers outside of 1100 West Peachtree Street Northwest, which is a Northside Hospital facility.
BREAKING – Suspect shot inside a building on West. Peachtree St, between 12th St and 13th St.
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Multiple agencies are reporting to the scene, including Atlanta police, Atlanta fire, MARTA police, Georgia Tech police and the Georgia State Patrol.
Police told those nearby, “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 shooter is still considered to be on the loose as of 1:15PM EST.
How many people have been injured and the extent of their injuries remains unclear.
This is a developing story.