3 injured in early morning drive-by at Sweet Auburn bar

1 killed, 4 injured in separate Atlanta shootings

Three people were injured early Saturday when someone in a car fired several shots into a popular Atlanta bar, authorities said.

The drive-by shooting happened at Our Bar ATL along Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer C.J. Johnson said. Officers were called to the pub about 3:40 a.m. and found three people — two women and a man — with gunshot wounds.

All three were taken to the hospital with relatively minor injuries and are expected to survive, authorities said.

“The preliminary investigation indicates an unknown vehicle drove by the location and fired several shots into the business,” Johnson said in an emailed statement.

It’s unclear if the three people shot were guests or employees, and police have not released a description of the shooter or their vehicle.

“Investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident and to identify anyone involved,” Johnson said.

The Edgewood Avenue drive-by was one of at least three shootings Atlanta police investigated within a span of about 15 hours, authorities said. On Friday evening, a man was critically injured following a shooting outside a Buckhead-area hotel. Officers responded to gunfire at the Quality Suites on Pharr Road about 7:30 p.m. and found a man who had been shot at least once, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital, where he remained Saturday afternoon.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting, but one person was detained at the scene. Authorities have not said if any charges are expected.

The city’s gun violence continued Saturday morning when a man was fatally shot during an argument in a northwest Atlanta neighborhood, police said. Officers were called to Hairston Boulevard just after 10 a.m. and found a man who had been shot repeatedly, Johnson said. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Dontrez D. Lewis, of Mobile, Alabama, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. He later died of his injuries.

Police said Lewis had been involved in a “verbal dispute” when the person he was arguing with pulled out a gun and opened fire. The shooter was last seen leaving the area in a gray sedan, authorities said.

All three shootings remained under investigation on Saturday afternoon.

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