Polling place shooting might be self-inflicted, police say

Atlanta police believe a fatal shooting outside a northwest Atlanta voting location may have been a suicide.

“Our preliminary investigation revealed that this may have been self-inflicted,” Lt. Carven Tyus told Channel 2 Action News. “However, we will wait until the medical examiner finishes their investigation before we make a final determination.”

Officers responded to the shooting at the intersection of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and North Avenue around 11:30 a.m. They found a woman shot and killed in the parking lot of Lindsay Street Baptist Church, which is a registered polling place in Fulton County.

Channel 2 reported that the woman was not voting, but Fulton officials earlier said she had just cast her ballot and left the polling location when she was shot.

Tyus said a firearm was recovered about 100 feet from the voting place. During the preliminary investigation, the poll remained open.

“It really didn’t disrupt any of the voters that came to vote or interrupt the voting process,” Tyus told the news station.

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Officers were positioned outside the doors to help voters in and out while investigators processed the shooting scene.

“The poll is still open but voters will need to park on the street while officers are onsite,” county officials said.

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