1 killed, 4 injured in Old Fourth Ward drive-by shooting

One man is dead and four others are injured after a drive-by shooting in northeast Atlanta on Tuesday morning.

It is the latest in a string of drive-by shootings investigated by the Atlanta Police Department, including one incident Saturday night that injured a 10-year-old boy.

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Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 600 block of Parkway Drive in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood to investigate a report of a person shot. They found a 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as Marcus Sams, died after he was taken to a hospital. Four others injured in the same shooting showed up at a hospital in a private vehicle, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.

One of the four is in critical condition, while the others’ injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said.

“Detectives learned that the five victims were standing together on the sidewalk on Parkway Drive when a burgundy-colored Dodge, possibly a Challenger or Charger, drove up and the occupants of the vehicle began shooting at the victims,” Avery said in a statement.



Hours earlier, police were called to another drive-by shooting in the Bankhead neighborhood of northwest Atlanta. A 71-year-old man was shot in the chest when someone in a white vehicle opened fire, according to police.

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The man was found about 9:15 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and taken to a hospital. He was stable Tuesday morning, Avery said.

At least six others have been injured in drive-by shootings since Saturday. That night, officers responded to three separate incidents, two in northwest Atlanta and one in the southwest corner of the city.

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The 10-year-old boy was among three people injured in a shooting at his apartment complex on Center Street. A 63-year-old woman was shot while sleeping on a sidewalk on Crew Street, and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting outside Revel Lounge on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, according to police.

All five incidents are still under investigation, and police have not said if any suspects have been identified.

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