Shootout leaves child injured, 60 bullet casings in street

A child and a man were injured in a shootout that littered a northwest Atlanta neighborhood with more than 50 bullet casings.

Two men are wanted after a shootout left a 7-year-old boy injured and a northwest Atlanta neighborhood littered with 60 bullet casings.

According to police, the men are connected to the boy’s sister. One is her boyfriend. The other is the father of her child.

“The shooters ... were in dispute with each other,” Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah said.

The father, identified by police as Terquarius Mender, was visiting his child Thursday night. At some point, the boyfriend, identified only as Lee, came to the home in the 600 block of Charlotte Place.

Atlanta police are investigating after a child and man were shot in northwest Atlanta. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Atlanta police are investigating after a child and man were shot in northwest Atlanta. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Shots rang out about 11 p.m., police said.

The 7-year-old was hit in the right elbow.

Bystander Larry Travis, 30, lives in Stone Mountain but was in the area at the time and took off running to a nearby yard, according to an Atlanta police report. A man in a brown leather jacket came out of nearby woods and fired at Travis, hitting him in the back and grazing him in the head, he told police.

“It is undetermined if Travis had any connections to this incident,” police said in the report.

Travis and the 7-year-old were alert when they were taken to local hospitals. Travis was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The 7-year-old was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Police found an assault rifle on the scene near a blue 2013 Dodge Challenger with a shattered window, according to the report.

“At this time, investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting and to locate the shooters,” Hannah said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Atlanta police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000, by also contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.

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