2 children shot in separate incidents at SW Atlanta apartment

Within a span of less than seven hours, two children were shot at the same southwest Atlanta apartment complex in what investigators believe are unrelated incidents.

Both a 13-year-old girl shot Sunday night and a 14-year-old boy shot early Monday morning at the Mechanicsville Station apartments are expected to survive their injuries, according to Atlanta police. The complex is located on Fulton Street, blocks away from another row of apartments on Ira Street where a 12-year-old girl was injured in yet another shooting last week.

Police were first called to the Mechanicsville Station complex about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The 13-year-old girl was grazed in the head when a bullet entered her apartment, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said. She was alert when she was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators believe the shots were fired from a nearby intersection, and two rounds hit the girl’s apartment, Avery said.

Hours later, about 1 a.m. Monday, police returned to the complex to investigate the shooting involving the 14-year-old boy. He was found outside with a gunshot wound to his leg.

“(He) told officers he had been outside of the apartments when he was shot but would not give further information to police,” Avery said in a statement.

Police did not have any suspect information on either shooting Monday.

“It does not appear the two incidents were related,” Avery said.

Last Tuesday on Ira Street, a 12-year-old was shot in the leg when a gun was fired from a neighboring apartment, according to police. The child in that incident was also expected to recover.

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The man living next door, 31-year-old D’Andre Brawner, was arrested on charges of reckless conduct, criminal damage to property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and a parole violation.

Brawner, who was also arrested on a gun charge and parole violation in March, is being held without bond at the Fulton County Jail. Police did not say at the time of his arrest if he was shooting at someone or if his gun accidentally discharged, striking the child.

Investigations into the two latest shootings are ongoing.

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