3 killed in weekend fatal shootings in Atlanta

Three fatal shootings sent officers to locations along Lakewood Avenue in southwest Atlanta and to Whitaker Street in northwest Atlanta.

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Three fatal shootings sent officers to locations along Lakewood Avenue in southwest Atlanta and to Whitaker Street in northwest Atlanta.

Three Atlanta men were killed in separate shootings across the city Sunday.

Two of the killings happened within a mile of each other along Lakewood Avenue, a blight-choked area of southeast Atlanta that has historically struggled with crime.

Early Sunday, officers were called to a nightclub in the 1600 block of Lakewood Avenue and found a man with a gunshot wound about 2:30 a.m. The victim, identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as 53-year-old Darrell Owens, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The second fatal shooting of the day sent officers to a home in the 500 block of Whitaker Street in northwest Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood. That victim was in critical condition when officers arrived about 9:15 p.m., and he later died at a hospital. He was identified by the medical examiner’s office as Kelsey Spencer, 25. The circumstances surrounding that shooting remain under investigation, police said Sunday night.

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As investigators were just getting started at the Whitaker shooting scene, officers in southwest Atlanta were called back to Lakewood Avenue on another report of a shooting, this time in the 1400 block.

A man was found dead inside a home about 10 p.m. After an initial investigation, detectives determined that he “had been involved in a dispute that escalated to gunfire resulting in his death,” police said in a statement.

He was identified as 33-year-old Warren Griffin.

“Homicide detectives have identified all involved parties and are investigating the circumstances that led to this incident,” the statement said. A charging decision will be made at the conclusion of the investigation, it said.

Police have not officially ruled any of the deaths as homicides. We are working to learn more.

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