Two Teens Killed, Multiple Shot In Atlanta Shooting Over Social Media Argument

Over the weekend, multiple teenagers were shot in a shootout in Atlanta, Georgia. A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were reportedly killed in the shooting.

“On Saturday evening around 5:09 p.m. police began their investigation at the scene,” Fox 5 Atlanta reported. “The Atlanta Public Schools Police Department confirmed with FOX 5 that they were also on the scene as some of the victims involved were students from the district. Police confirmed the other victims attended other metro school districts.”

“Three teenaged and pre-teenaged victims were reportedly taken to a local hospital by a private vehicle before police arrived. Those victims included an 11-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy,” the outlet added.

Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said the shootout began over an argument on social media that escalated when one of the teenagers came to the apartment complex with firearms.

“I hate being here talking about kids and gun fire. We just ask that parents know where your kids are, know what they’re doing, check rooms,” the deputy chief said. “There are just too many guns in the hands of our youth. Like I said several weeks ago, this should be a time that we are getting ready for the holidays, but we have at least two families that will be planning for funerals.”

On Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens responded to the shooting and expressed that he plans to make the city safer for young people.

“Atlanta is a group project. It takes every single one of us to counter this plague in our community,” Dickens said. “From City government, to our police, to our schools, to clergy, to parents and to young people themselves, we must pledge not to accept this violence as formal and do all that we can to end it.”

D & B Staff

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