An argument over the cost of admission led a man to open fire at a busy Midtown club early Saturday, killing an employee and injuring two others, police said.
Police said the dispute started in the breezeway of the Atlantis Restaurant and Lounge on Piedmont Circle just before closing time. A man pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking three people. One man, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office as 42-year-old John David Price II, was shot in the head and died at the scene.
Price was an employee of the lounge, Atlanta police confirmed to AJC.com.
Investigators said Friday they believe two men and a woman are connected to the shooting. They released surveillance footage that appears to show the group arguing with a man in front of the lounge before leaving together. It is not clear if the other man in the video is Price.
A white sedan shown leaving the restaurant’s parking lot is also believed to be connected, according to police.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the three people. No arrests have been made.
The other two victims, who were both shot in the leg, are expected to survive their injuries. Police said one of the men was taken to the hospital. The other, who was grazed by the bullet, declined treatment at the scene.
Police are picking up more than a dozen shell casings outside Atlantis Restaurant & Lounge. 1 person is dead and two other hurt from a shooting. Police are looking for the shooter right now. pic.twitter.com/wd1FDkEeTy
Witnesses told Channel 2 everyone who was still inside the club dropped to the ground when the shots rang out.
“Everybody ducked into the fetal position,” said Reginald St. Julien, a customer who attends the lounge regularly and witnessed the shooting.
Anyone with information about the shooting 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.
— Staff writer Chelsea Prince contributed to this article.
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