1 killed, 1 critically injured in shooting outside Grady Hospital

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

Credit: John Spink / John.Spink@ajc.com

One person was killed and another was critically injured when people started shooting at each other outside the entrance to Grady Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, police said.

A group had arrived at the downtown Atlanta hospital after a separate incident in DeKalb County late Sunday, according to Atlanta police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton. Investigators believe they are looking for three shooters, including two who ran from the scene.

“What we do know is the incident started in DeKalb County, and some family members from that incident showed up outside Grady emergency room,” Hampton told reporters from the scene. “There was a dispute and that then escalated to gunfire.”

Atlanta police were called to the area of Jesse Hill Jr. Drive and Armstrong Street about 11 p.m. Sunday after getting reports of a person shot. The scene was quickly contained, and there was never a threat of an active shooter, Hampton said.

Vincent Parks, 32, was killed. No update on the critically injured victim was provided.

Some were cooperating with police, Hampton said. While no suspects have been publicly identified, the deputy chief said investigators believe everyone involved was part of the same group.

According to police in DeKalb, there may be a connection to a case involving a teenage victim shot earlier Monday outside a Kroger on Flat Shoals Parkway. A 16-year-old girl, identified by police as Dyshea Hall, was killed and a 17-year-old boy was critically injured.

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The 17-year-old remained in critical condition Tuesday. While no suspects have been identified in the DeKalb case, police on Monday released surveillance photos of two men who are considered persons of interest.

In a statement Monday, Grady officials said the shooting was a reminder that hospitals are “simply now part of the long list of places where gun violence occurs.”

“Grady will back all efforts to address this public health crisis so that we can preserve the community’s health and safety, including the safety of our health care workers,” the hospital said in a statement.

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