ATLANTA, GA. – Two teens are dead and several others injured after a shooting at an apartment complex in southwest Atlanta Saturday, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy have died after a social media dispute escalated to a shooting at an apartment complex in Atlanta, Georgia, according to Atlanta Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. in a media briefing Saturday night.
A 15-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old boy were injured by gunfire and transported to local hospitals, said the deputy chief. Their conditions were not known; however, one of the three victims was grazed by a bullet, according to Hampton Jr.
According to police, around 5 p.m. Saturday, a dispute started on social media, and a group of individuals who were armed arrived at the apartment, where an argument began inside, said Hampton Jr.
Another group of individuals, who were also armed, began shooting. The number of shooters is not currently known at this time, but authorities believe there were multiple.
“I hate being here, talking about kids and gunfire,” said Hampton Jr. “It’s just too many guns in the hands of our youth.”
Police found the three injured inside of the apartment, and the two deceased outside, said Hampton Jr., with at least two of the victims being Atlanta Public School students.
“This should be a time that we are getting ready for the holidays,” Hampton Jr. said. “We have at least two families that will be planning for funerals.”