Man charged in shooting at community event featuring rapper

Investigators said a 23-year-old man was sent to a nearby hospital with a gunshot to the leg.????

Police have charged a man in connection with a shooting Saturday night during a chaotic scene at a community event in southeast Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The incident happened about 8 p.m. as the gunman and the 23-year-old victim were leaving Zone 6 Day at Coan Park on Woodbine Avenue, the news station reported. The event featured star rapper 21 Savage.

The man charged was identified as Santonio Foster, Channel 2 Action News reported Sunday. He’s facing charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


Police still are trying to determine who fired shots into the crowd at the event, Channel 2 reported.

The driver of a car Foster was found in is also being looked at by investigators, according to the station. He is no longer being held.

The victim, who has not been identified, was hit in the leg, police said, and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Authorities think the shooter and victim were acquainted.

The event’s permit was for 200 people, but the crowd grew to thousands as word got out.

Santonio Foster (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

Many people at the event got into their vehicles and tried to drive away when the gunshots rang out, causing a traffic logjam, according to authorities. Some were injured in the scramble to leave.

“We had a number of police resources that were in the area already,” police Maj. Darin Schierbaum said, “and started mitigating traffic in park and on foot and in vehicles.”

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