2 killed in weekend fatal shootings in SW Atlanta

The shootings took place over two hours in neighborhoods eight miles apart.

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The shootings took place over two hours in neighborhoods eight miles apart.

Two men were killed in separate shootings in southwest Atlanta on Saturday night.

The shootings took place over two hours in neighborhoods eight miles apart. Only one has been classified a homicide, according to Atlanta police.

In that case, police found a man with multiple gunshot wounds when they responded to the 1300 block of Sylvan Road shortly after 8:30 p.m. The area is home to a used car lot and several other businesses in the Capitol View neighborhood.

The victim was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as Francis Boahene, 44, of Atlanta. He is Atlanta’s 123rd homicide victim this year.

“Homicide investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Atlanta police said in a statement. “The investigation continues.”

The shooting is the second in 10 days for the Capitol View neighborhood after Jamal A. Riley, 28, was found dead Sept. 30 inside a home on Beatie Avenue. Outside, the words “murder game” were spray-painted next to a cartoon outline of a dead body in the street.

Atlanta police could not confirm if the spray-painted message, which appeared months before Riley’s shooting, was part of their investigation. Officers have been called to the Beatie Avenue home on five other occasions in the past two years, three times to investigate drug activity and once to investigate gunshots, according to department records. No arrests have been announced in the case.

The second shooting Saturday night resulted in death for one man and injuries for another. The two victims were found about 10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Sherbrooke Way, located in a subdivision off Hogan Road. One of the men was declared dead at the scene, and the other was conscious when he was taken to a hospital, police said.

The slain victim has not been publicly identified, according to the medical examiner’s office. At this point, police have classified the incident as a death investigation and not a homicide.

Anyone with information on the Saturday night shootings or any other open case is asked to come forward. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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