Woman dead after argument leads to triple shooting at Atlanta convenience store

The incident was one of the multiple overnight shootings police responded to.

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The incident was one of the multiple overnight shootings police responded to.

An argument outside an Atlanta convenience store spiraled into a triple shooting that left a woman dead early Sunday morning, according to police.

Two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the shooting, which happened outside the Food Mart in the 1200 block of Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta police said in a statement.

An officer on patrol in the area went to the convenience store after he heard multiple gunshots ring out about 2 a.m., police said. When he arrived, he found the three victims.

Investigators said the incident stemmed from an argument between the two men that escalated into gunfire. Both men were taken to a hospital, where they are stable.

The woman, who was with one of the men, was taken to a hospital in critical condition after she was shot. She did not survive her injuries, police said. She was identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as Virginia Smith, 51, of Atlanta.

An investigation is ongoing.

The fatal incident is one of at least three shootings Atlanta police responded to overnight, the agency said. Another woman was taken to a hospital after a man whom she had turned down fired at her and several other women in 100 block of Jackson Street, the agency said.

Officers were initially dispatched to the area about 12:30 a.m., but did not locate a gunshot victim. About an hour-and-a-half later, police received a call that a woman had arrived at Atlanta Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

“Officers responded there and found an adult female had been grazed by a bullet,” police said. Investigators learned the victim had been injured in the Jackson Street incident earlier in the morning.

Police said several men at the location became upset after they were turned down by a group of women. One of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire on the women, grazing the victim, authorities said. A man also sustained a minor injury from broken glass.

Police are still working to identify the suspects involved in the shooting.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday, a man was taken to a hospital after he was shot by another man during an argument, according to police.

Officers found the wounded man in the 1600 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, Atlanta police said. Investigators said the victim and another man had been involved in a fight when one of them pulled out a gun and fired.

The victim was stable when he was taken to a hospital. Police are still working to identify the suspect in the shooting.

A funeral service for Smith will be held Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gus Thornhills chapel.

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