1 killed, 5 others injured in shootout at NW Atlanta discount store

One man died and at least five other people were injured when gunfire erupted at a discount store in northwest Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.
One man died and at least five other people were injured when gunfire erupted at a discount store in northwest Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.

Credit: Ben Gray for the AJC

Credit: Ben Gray for the AJC

One man died and at least five other people — including two teenagers — were injured when gunfire erupted at a discount store in northwest Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.

A 19-year-old man died shortly after the shooting, according to Atlanta police spokesman Lt. Pete Malecki. A 13-year-old girl remains in critical condition, authorities said Monday morning.

According to police, the shooting stemmed from an argument that broke out between two women at the Star Discount Food store on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard about 4:15 p.m. About 10 minutes later, Malecki said a vehicle pulled up, and three men went inside and started shooting.

People inside returned fire, he said, and gunfire continued outside the store and as people ran across the street.

Atlanta police investigate a shooting scene at the Star Discount Food market after six people were shot Sunday afternoon.
Atlanta police investigate a shooting scene at the Star Discount Food market after six people were shot Sunday afternoon.

Credit: Ben Gray

Credit: Ben Gray

When officers arrived at the scene, they found four people with gunshot wounds, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said. Two other gunshot victims were found at locations along Lanier Avenue and Morris Brown Avenue.

All of the victims were taken to a hospital, Grant said.

Atlanta police investigate a shooting scene on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.
Atlanta police investigate a shooting scene on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard.

Credit: Ben Gray

Credit: Ben Gray

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, police said. A woman was briefly detained at the scene but was let go, Grant said.

Multiple shotgun shells and handgun shells were scattered in the parking lot in front of the store.
Multiple shotgun shells and handgun shells were scattered in the parking lot in front of the store.

Credit: Ben Gray

Credit: Ben Gray

Investigators are questioning witnesses and looking at store surveillance video. They have not announced any arrests as of Monday morning.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Atlanta police. 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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