Police responded to the complex along Noble Creek Drive about 11:30 a.m. and found the injured man pinned between a silver sedan and an unoccupied pickup truck. The victim, who is in his early 20s, had been hit while taking out the trash, authorities said. He was taken to the hospital and rushed into surgery.
At the scene, police detained the driver of a silver Kia Forte similar to the one described in the earlier incidents, Hampton said. The driver was later identified as Newsom.
Officers found multiple shell casings inside Newsom’s car and determined he was likely responsible for the drive-by shootings.
City Council President Felicia Moore issued a statement following the Saturday incidents and others. A fatal shooting at a downtown apartment complex the other day marked Atlanta’s 60th homicide case of the year. Following a historically deadly 2020, homicides are up more than 60% from this time last year.
“Given the continued escalating violence, today I have called and made a written request to the police chief that he be present at Monday’s council meeting to share with the full council exactly what is being done to immediately reverse this trend,” Moore said. “During the meeting, I intend to share some of my ideas to see if they might support any ongoing efforts and will encourage my colleagues to do the same. This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and I do not want to see this just become a political issue to talk about as part of any of the campaigns. People are dying and we need answers and action.”
Moore is running to succeed Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has said she will not seek a second term. Following another recent spate of violence that left a 15-year-old shot to death, Bottoms announced she was forming a committee to provide feedback on “what more we can possibly do” to combat crime.