One wounded in gun battle outside Marietta bar


One wounded in gun battle outside Marietta bar

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John Spink
One man was wounded and a vehicle damaged during a shooting at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday outside Milo's Bar & Lounge on Garrison Road near Powder Springs Road, police said.

One man was wounded early Thursday in a gun battle outside a Marietta bar that a police spokesman said involved "multiple people and multiple types of firearms."

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. outside Milo's Bar & Lounge on Garrison Road near Powder Springs Road, according to Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin.

"We're still investigating what actually took place, as far as how it started," he said.

"We don't know if anything occurred inside the bar or if everything just happened outside," Baldwin told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There were some people in the parking lot of Milo's and some other people across the street in an overflow lot, and basically, a gun battle was exchanged between several people, going back and forth across the street."

He said one person inside a car was struck by the gunfire.

"We don't know if he was part of it or was an innocent bystander," Baldwin said. "I don't think he has life-threatening injuries."

Garrison Road was blocked for several hours, but police were letting at least one lane of traffic through after 6 a.m.

Baldwin said just before 7 a.m. that "it's still a huge scene out there. All of our crime scene detectives are interviewing everyone in the bar. We don't have anybody in custody right now."

He said he had "no idea" how many shots were fired during the gun battle.

"There were little yellow [evidence marker] flags everywhere," Baldwin said.

Joe Fulton left his Chevrolet Tahoe in the parking lot before the gunfire erupted. When he returned to the bar Thursday morning to retrieve his SUV, he discovered that the Tahoe had been caught in the crossfire.

"My passenger side window is shot out," Fulton said, pointing out other bullet holes in the Tahoe "here, here, here. Windshield, several bullet holes in the engine."

Last April, a man was shot and killed at Milo's. Takilam Terrell, 34, of Sandy Springs was found lying in the parking lot of the bar on April 7, and died later that morning following surgery at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Police arrested Dennis Hampton, Joseph Chatman and Trina Chatman, and charged them with felony murder in connection with that shooting.

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