These people have been identified by Atlanta police as persons of interest in a deadly shooting that happened last Friday.
Photo: Atlanta Police Department
Photo: Atlanta Police Department

Persons of interest sought after deadly shooting near Buckhead shopping center

Police are searching for several persons of interest in connection with a deadly shooting at a Buckhead shopping center last Friday, which was the third fatal shooting in that area since October.

A 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was shot about 3 a.m. at the Buckhead Loft nightclub off Tula Street, Atlanta police said. The man was found near the Bennett Street Shopping Center, which is located off Bennett Street and Peachtree Road, previously reported. 

He was taken by friends to Piedmont hospital, where he later died, police said. He had been shot in the back and the left leg. Two groups of people who were in a nearby parking lot are believed to be involved, and police said there were at least two shooters.

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Police released surveillance video from the nightclub that shows multiple people that have been identified as persons of interest.

Last month, police investigated another deadly shooting at the same business complex.

Mohamed Akel, 29, was found dead June 17 in a wrecked car in the parking lot. He was shot by a patron after attempting to break into a business and crashed into a small deck while trying to get away, according to Atlanta police. Detectives believe that shooting was justified, and the shooter was never charged.

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In October, an innocent bystander was killed at the Buckhead Loft at Level V when an argument spilled into the parking lot and gunfire erupted. 

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Anyone with information on the deadly shooting last Friday is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477 or online at Tips can be sent anonymously and information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this investigation can earn tipsters up to $2,000.

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