14 bullets fired at mostly teen group waiting for birthday party

Three teens and a 24-year-old woman shot near her car early Sunday in Atlanta were parked and waiting outside the apartment of a friend celebrating a birthday when a group of men opened fire on them, according to a police report released Monday.

Alexus Jackson, 24, was injured as she tried to use her vehicle for cover in the shooting around midnight near Columbia Commons apartments on the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

An officer dispatched to the area found Jackson with a gunshot wound to her lower back. She was seated in the back seat of a white Nissan with Jamar Knight, 14; Willie Boykins, 14; and Marquis Garrison, 15.

Officer Lukasz Sajdak, a spokesman for Atlanta police, said the teens were in a parking lot when the shooting began.

They had noticed a red car parked at an AutoZone on their drive to the apartment complex, but the teens told police they didn’t think much of it and continued to their friend’s apartment.

While parked and waiting outside for their friend to join them, the group again saw the red car parking near the back of the complex with a white Dodge Charger behind it.

That’s when they saw a woman, children and a man with dreadlocks wearing all black get out of the red car and go into an apartment unit. Not long after, the man and about four other men exited the apartment and walked up to the victims.

One of them asked, ‘who is that’ and pointed a gun at the group of mostly teens, according to the police report.

Soon after the men began shooting at the group, police said in the report.

Willie ran to the driver’s seat and began driving Jackson and the other teens to a hospital. He hit the gate to the complex but continued driving until the reached the Martin Luther King Jr Drive exit on I-20 east and stopped to wait on police.

When they arrived at the scene of the shooting, police found 14 shell casing of .40 calibre rounds.

Emergency response workers drove Jackson, alert and conscious, to Grady Memorial Hospital, and none of the teens suffered injuries.

An investigation is ongoing and no suspects had been arrested as of Monday morning.

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