Drug deal led to shootings that injured 3, Atlanta police say

A gray Nissan Altima was found riddled with bullets at the second shooting scene on Campbellton Road. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

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A gray Nissan Altima was found riddled with bullets at the second shooting scene on Campbellton Road. (John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com)

Credit: John Spink

A botched drug deal led to two separate shootings that injured two men and a woman in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday morning, Atlanta police said.

Officers were first called to the Castleton Apartments off Bent Creek Way after getting reports of a shooting around 9:40 a.m., police said in a news release. Shortly after, dispatch received a second shooting call from a Chevron gas station at Delowe Drive and Campbellton Road.

At the first scene, officers found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. At the second location, they found a man and woman who had each been shot multiple times. All three were conscious and taken to the hospital, where they are considered stable.

Photos from the second scene show a gray Nissan Altima riddled with bullet holes in its back window and rear driver-side door.

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An Atlanta police officer tapes off the scene of a shooting at the Castleton Apartments.

Credit: John Spink

An Atlanta police officer tapes off the scene of a shooting at the Castleton Apartments.

Credit: John Spink

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An Atlanta police officer tapes off the scene of a shooting at the Castleton Apartments.

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

According to the initial investigation, police believe the sequence of shootings stemmed from a drug deal that took place at the Castleton Apartments “between the victims and the suspects.”

No further information has been released about the incidents, including the identities of the victims or any details about the suspects. Police did not say if anyone had been arrested or detained.

Princess Hogan, who lives in the area, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she heard at least 10 shots. She said crime is a persistent problem in the area, and she regularly hears gunshots in her neighborhood and in her apartment complex.

“It ain’t the guns killing people, it’s people killing people,” Hogan said.

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