Authorities ID man shot to death at SE Atlanta park

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30-year-old was Atlanta’s 37th homicide victim of 2021

A 30-year-old man was killed Wednesday afternoon during a shooting at a park in southeast Atlanta, authorities said.

Officers responded to Selena S. Butler Park along Borders Drive just before 3 p.m. after receiving calls about the shooting, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said in an emailed statement. Police arrived to find an unconscious man with a gunshot wound outside a business at the park, he said.

The victim, identified Thursday as 30-year-old Tahji Williams, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Atlanta police have not said what led to the shooting or if detectives have identified any suspects in the case.

Williams’ death marks the 37th homicide Atlanta police have investigated this year as violent crime continues to surge across the city. There were 157 homicides in Atlanta in 2020, the most in more than two decades. Atlanta’s murders are up nearly 60% from this time last year, and the city is on pace to surpass its 2020 total.

The incident was the second shooting Atlanta police responded to Wednesday afternoon in as many hours. Shortly after 1 p.m., a woman shot a man during an argument at a home in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood, police said.

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That victim was conscious and taken to the hospital, but the woman accused of shooting him fled the area before officers arrived, police said.

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