1 dead, 4 wounded in Atlanta shooting

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Interview with Homicide Commander Paul Guerrucci. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Authorities late this morning identified the man killed in a predawn shooting in northeast Atlanta that left four other men wounded.

The shooting happened about 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Bell Street and Auburn Avenue.

“An officer on patrol was flagged down in regards to some people that had been shot,” Atlanta police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said officers initially found four men who had been shot near the intersection.

All four were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where one was pronounced dead, she said. The three others were in stable condition late this morning, Jones said.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the dead man as Selemon A. Belai, 27, of Atlanta.

“A fifth subject walked to Grady and was also believed to be at the scene at 240 Auburn Ave.,” Jones said in an email. “That male had a gunshot wound to the hand.”

Jones said an argument over gambling apparently sparked the shooting.

The names of those wounded have not been released.

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