ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – Yet another juvenile has succumbed to injuries after a shooting incident on Saturday evening in close proximity to Atlantic Station in Atlanta.
Shots were discharged, resulting in the injury of five individuals and the tragic death of a 12-year-old child, as confirmed by the authorities. This unfortunate incident occurred shortly after a group of teenagers, who had violated the curfew imposed by the private establishment, were escorted off the premises. The incident took place on the 17th Street Bridge.
Kameron Jackson, a 15-year-old, was confirmed by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday as the second victim of the shooting who passed away on Tuesday.
Atlanta News First interviewed Tiffany Smith, Kameron’s mother, shortly after the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
Smith stated, “and in order to discourage children from resorting to violence with firearms, we are actively involved in a campaign called Down, Guns Up, Bikes.” He further mentioned that he enjoyed riding dirt bikes, cherished his family and father, had a passion for cooking, loved math and science, adored animals, and received boxing training five days a week under the guidance of a professional boxing coach. Kameron has been a boxer since the age of 9 and is now on his way to a professional boxing career.
Smith informs Atlanta News First that she was additionally educating her child at home.
Atlanta Police unveiled video footage from the evening of the shooting during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the police, there are two male suspects being investigated. One of them is wearing a blue hoodie, while the other is wearing a black and yellow hoodie.
The division declared that individuals who have knowledge that could lead to an arrest may qualify to receive a topmost Crime Stoppers compensation of $10,000.
This situation has sparked discussion within the community regarding strategies to prevent children from getting involved with gangs.
Takesia Shields informed Atlanta News First, “I consciously ignored it and I am one of the mothers who observed a warning sign.”
Following the conviction of her adolescent son for theft, Shields initiated an association known as Mothers Against Gang Violence. Presently, he is serving a prison term of 20 years.
“Working with the services within the system, I actually observed that I could have accomplished more,” she stated.
Shields expressed that she regrets not taking more actions to guide her son towards a more positive direction. According to her, indicators such as new monikers, a shift in social circle, and violating curfew are clear warning signs.
She stated, “Discover those distinct possibilities where they can engage in volunteer work.” “The youth justice system offers opportunities for community service to various organizations.”
Gang Against Mothers hosts parenting classes on Mondays at 6 p.M. At the West End Library located at 525 SW St Peeples, Atlanta, GA 30310.
A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed near Atlantic Station in Atlanta on Saturday evening, according to a statement from the boy’s family in the Atlanta metro area. They now claim that they are “devastated.”
Darin Schierbaum, the Chief of Atlanta, and Andre Dickens, the Mayor of Atlanta, held a news conference on Sunday afternoon to provide updates on the violent and deadly weekend in Atlantic Station.
At approximately 8 p.M., A disagreement took place close to the overpass of Interstate 75 on 17th Street, where authorities state that the group subsequently departed. Atlanta police officers who were off-duty and Atlantic Station staff escorted a gathering of young individuals away from Atlantic Station premises prior to the gunfire incident, according to law enforcement.
According to the authorities, the dispute escalated to gunfire on the 17th Street bridge, leading to the fatality of one person and the harm of five more individuals.
Atlanta News First reports that the Fulton County Medical Examiner has identified the victim of the shooting as Zyion Charles, a 12-year-old.
Sandra Durden, Zyion Charles’ grandmother, expressed, “It could have been prevented.” “We’re devastated at the moment because it is incomprehensible for a 12-year-old to lose their life to mindless firearm aggression.”
Mayor Andre Dickens stated, “We had all things present during this incident, with a total of 26 Atlanta Police Department officers working alongside ten security guards from Atlantic Station police station.”
Mayor Dickens stated that the individuals who were shot attended educational institutions throughout the metropolitan area of Atlanta.
Atlanta News First received this statement from Atlantic Station:
During the ongoing investigation following the incident on the 17th Street bridge, Atlantic Station is assisting law enforcement in every possible manner. Atlantic Station is a privately owned property with its own security personnel and off-duty officers from the Atlanta Police Department, who form a 24/7 security team. The security personnel and off-duty officers, totaling 26, were present on the night of the incident, and Atlantic Station is fully supportive of their actions. After the incident occurred, a group of juveniles who violated the Code of Conduct regulations were immediately escorted off the property and dispersed. It is important to note that the incident took place within the jurisdiction of the city of Atlanta on the 17th Street bridge.
The Atlantic Station continues to prioritize the safety of the community, with several security measures being implemented on the property in collaboration with the APD.
Atlanta News First will keep this story updated with fresh information as it arrives at our newsroom.
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Residents and visitors on edge have witnessed numerous shootings in the metropolitan Atlanta region over the past few days.
On Friday evening, police detectives in Atlanta confirmed to Atlanta News First a triple shooting left three people injured in Gresham Park.
According to police officials, a man was charged and arrested after allegedly making threats at Southlake Mall in Morrow.
On Thanksgiving, a shooting incident occurred in Fulton County where another individual lost their life. Similarly, outside a gas station in DeKalb County, a 17-year-old male was fatally shot on Thanksgiving.
As per law enforcement authorities, a female individual “in her thirties” was discovered fatally shot inside her vehicle in DeKalb County on Saturday. On Saturday evening, a shooting incident near Atlantic Station resulted in the tragic death of a twelve-year-old boy and injuries to five additional individuals.
Police were called to a domestic altercation on Sunday morning, where Jason Michael Marin, 44, was injured and Jean Ann Desiree Marin, also 44, was shot and killed.
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