The Atlanta Police Department told 11Alive that night that one person was killed at the scene, and five others were taken to the hospital. The shooting reportedly involved all teenagers, and took place on Market Street in the Atlantic Station area, an upscale Atlanta neighborhood and outdoor shopping district. One witness told the outlet that they heard around 30 gunshots.
On Sunday, Mayor Andre Dickens made the heartbreaking announcement that the victim was a 12-year-old boy. Zyion Charles was later identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner, reported 11Alive.
According to Fox 5 there were at least two shooters.
Dickens also said that some of the other teens involved in the shooting, including one who was said to be in critical condition, are students of Atlanta Public Schools.
Police told reporters that a large group of teens were escorted off of the Atlantic Station property by personnel along with off-duty officers for "unruly behavior" and "curfew violations."
According to Atlantic Station's website, there is "a 3:00 pm curfew [that] is strictly enforced" for anyone under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition, the site states that "juvenile groups of 4+ will be dispersed."
Once the group was removed from the property, an argument broke out, which unfortunately led to gunfire down Market Street. According to police, multiple shooters haven't been ruled out in the investigation. Chief Darin Schierbaum also on Sunday said that everyone involved in the incident knew each other.
A resident was able to record footage of the aftermath of the shooting from their apartment window, showing the heavy police presence below.
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