Police say shootings that injured 5 men in SW Atlanta are connected

Officers found shell casings and a trail of blood when responding to a shots fired call in southwest Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

That first shots fired call was followed by three more, Officer Donald Hannah, a spokesman for Atlanta police, said.

Atlanta police said Sunday the series of shootings that injured five people are connected.

A fight broke out at Cordova Street and White Oak Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, Hannah said.

When officers arrived, they found blood extending all the way to the next intersection on White Oak Avenue, at Peeples Street.

“Around the same time, gun shot victims called from 1832 Rogers Ave., 1203 Lee Street and 590 Cascade and officers were dispatched to each location,” Hannah wrote in an email.

Three men told police they were shot in the Oakland Drive area. One man had been hit in the back while on Rogers Avenue, a man with a wound on his left bicep was shot on Lee Street and a third man told police he was shot in the leg on Cascade Road.

All three victims were taken to Grady Hospital in stable condition and are expected to be OK.

A fourth gunshot victim later walked into Grady and a fifth shooting victim appeared at Atlanta Fire Station 14 on Lee Street.

Denisha Claxton, a student at nearby Clark University, told Channel 2 Action News she expects news of shootings because though terrible, they are so common.

She told the television station she believes people are now more than ever callous and disconnected from valuing human life.

“People have grown up really cold hearted over the years and I think that’s what’s causing this issue,” she said.