A late-night shooting outside an all-ages dance club sent two teenagers to the hospital early Sunday.
A few minutes after midnight, police were called to investigate what appeared to be related incidents in the parking lot outside Club Blackout on Metropolitan Parkway.
One victim was a 14-year-old shot in the chest. He was questioned by police but provided little information, said Kim Jones, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta Police Department.
“He was, alert conscious and breathing when he was transported” to Grady Memorial Hospital, she said Sunday morning.
Throughout Sunday, Atlanta police provided different ages for the second victim, who was shot in the leg and taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Jones said Sunday evening that the victim was born in 2001.
Police were still searching Sunday for the assailants. They were also trying to determine the circumstances and whether the two shootings were part of the same incident.
“At this time it appears they are going to be related,” Maj. Lane Hagin with the Atlanta Police Department told Channel 2 Action News not long after the shootings. “There were a lot of very young people here.”
A white car left in the parking lot was examined and blood was collected from the vehicle, police told Channel 2.
The driver of another vehicle – an SUV – was arrested after police said he pulled into the parking lot, then – apparently panicked by the sight of police – raced away, nearly hitting a police officer. Police gave chase and the SUV crashed into a pole, after which the driver was arrested.
Saturday night, it was unclear if that vehicle or driver had any relation to the shootings.
Social media refers to Club Blackout as “the biggest no-ID party in Atlanta.”
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