Another violent weekend in metro Atlanta claims 4 lives, 11 others injured

At least four people died and 11 others were injured in shootings across metro Atlanta this weekend, including a deadly quadruple shooting in Clayton County and triple shooting in Atlanta.

In a sign of the pace of violence, just from overnight Saturday into Sunday, eight people were struck by bullets at four different crime scenes between Atlanta and Clayton County.

The latest was reported to have taken place around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and involved a woman who had been shot, allegedly by an acquaintance, in the 3500 block of Somerset Trail in southwest Atlanta, police said in a statement. Police found the woman in the area of I-75/85 south near I-20 east. She was described as alert and was taken to a hospital.

A few hours earlier, around 11:45 p.m., officers were called to the 600 block of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, just outside the Bankhead neighborhood, where they spoke with a woman who had a graze wound to her lip. Investigators believe the woman was " jumped by a group of people” when shots were fired, police said in a statement.

One suspect, 48-year-old Deliah Jones, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Just 10 minutes before the Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard shooting, officers got a call about a person being shot in the 1300 block of Middlesex Avenue. There, police found two teens with gunshot wounds to their arms, according to a statement. The teens were taken to to a hospital and were said to be alert at the time.

In that case, investigators believe a fight broke out between a group of people at a party and shots were fired, the statement said.

Then, about an hour earlier in Clayton County, one person was killed and three others injured in a shooting at an apartment in the 5400 block of Riverdale Road, not far from College Park, according to police. The surviving victims were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

No other details were released about the circumstances of the shooting, the victims or any potential suspects.

On Saturday morning, two people died in what Cobb County police have called a murder-suicide. Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1900 block of Olive Springs Road around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. There, they found 19-year-old Eduardo Landaverde and Crystal Mendez, also 19, dead with what appeared to be gunshot wounds, police said.

Investigators believe the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Credit: Ben Hendren

Credit: Ben Hendren

Earlier on Saturday, a shooting outside the Odyssey Lounge in northwest Atlanta about 3:20 a.m. left one man dead and two others injured, police said.

When officers got there, they found 30-year-old Joseph Smith, of Minneapolis, dead in the parking lot and another man with a graze wound. After a few minutes, another man was found along Howell Mill Road. Police said they believe that man walked to Howell Mill from the lounge following the shooting.

Investigators said it was sparked by a fight over a vehicle blocking the parking lot.

Another few hours earlier, around 8 p.m. Friday, Atlanta police responded to a person being shot in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They found a man with a gunshot to the leg and stomach, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital, where a second victim showed up after being shot in both legs.

Police did not release the condition of either victim and did not provide information on a suspect or motive.

The weekend’s triple shooting and double shootings in Atlanta capped a week in which the city reached a grim milestone: The shooting death of a woman Wednesday marked the 100th homicide of the year.

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