A woman killed Monday afternoon in a northwest Atlanta shootout may have simply been caught in the crossfire, relatives say.
“She was an innocent bystander,” said Tavelle Ferrand, who was inside and heard the gunfire that killed her aunt.
Around 1:45 p.m., police were called to an apartment building in the 1100 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. There, Edna Walker was found dead, and another victim was found injured, police said.
Maj. Darryl Tolleson, head of the Atlanta Police major crimes division, said the shooting was sparked by an apparent argument between the gunman and the gunshot victim now in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.
“The victim who’s at the hospital is an acquaintance of the perpetrator,” Tolleson said.
Family members of Walker, 52, said the woman was just a spectator.
“She sits out there every afternoon,” her daughter, Yosmena Wittsett said. “Out of all people, my momma didn’t mess with anybody.”
Police are investigating if Walker also had any connection to the shooter.
“We don’t know if she was at the wrong place at the wrong time, or if she was actually a target,” Tolleson said. “We have not been able to connect her to this event.”
The shooter fled on foot, police said.
Investigators are interviewing the victim at the hospital to get a description of the suspect. The investigation is continuing.
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