Arrest made in deadly Underground Atlanta shooting

Arrest made in deadly Underground Atlanta shooting

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Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Jonathan Bautista 

An arrest was made in connection with a deadly concert shooting at Underground Atlanta, police said.

Jonathan Bautista, 23, was captured in Social Circle on Wednesday, three days after shots rang out at The Masquerade on Lower Alabama Street. Social Circle is about 45 miles east of Atlanta.

Details about the arrest were not released, but Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said Bautista was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Ewell Ynoa, 21, and Giovan Diaz, 22.

Just before 9:40 p.m. Sunday, authorities responded to The Masquerade and learned two of the four victims got rowdy and climbed onto the stage during a break before the concert’s main act, Officer Lisa Bender said at the time. 

“Another patron took issue and an argument ensued,” she said.

The patron pulled out a pistol and shot the rowdy concertgoers, according to police. The gunman also fired toward the ground, and “most likely” hit the other victims at that time, Bender said.

Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez reports.

The crowd, including the victims and the gunman, ran toward the front exit. 

Two people collapsed going up a flight of stairs that led to the exit, Bender said.

“The suspected shooter, still armed, was witnessed by unarmed security but was not successfully detained,” she said.

One of the victims died on the scene. That person had a gunshot wound to the chest. 

The others were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the second person was pronounced dead with gunshot wounds to the upper and lower torso.

The two survivors were stable with foot and ankle wounds, officials said.

When The Masquerade relocated last November from its longtime home on North Avenue to Kenny’s Alley, the Underground location had originally been conceived as a temporary space. Management later signed a lease that will last at least 10 years.

Officials announced the deal last month.

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