Man captures violent gunfire on cellphone video

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ATLANTA - Police have seen a rash of violent crimes in southeast Atlanta, ranging from robberies to murder -- and now, wild gunfire.

A southeast Atlanta resident told Channel 2 Action News he was rolling video on his cellphone when gunfire erupted in the streets after fights spilled out of local a bar in East Atlanta Village.

That's the same area that's already reeling from two murders and other crimes.

Sebastian Davis, with Big R 100.5's "The Regular Guys Show," captured the video.

"I pulled out my camera and started shooting it, and 15 seconds later, a dude reaches into his pocket and fires off a shot into the ground as his friend is grabbing his arm," said Davis.

Channel 2's Carl Willis talked to residents in the area, and many said they have noticed a trend.

"It's really peaceful during the day," said Russ Kirn. "Then at night, all of the sudden the fangs come out, and it's brutal."

The person who fired on Saturday morning was arrested near the scene at Glenwood and Flat Shoals avenues, police said.

Davis said the quick arrest was due, in large part, to an officer working a second job at Graveyard Tavern.

"He's out, gun ready, running down the street when another unarmed officer came out of one of the other clubs, and they had him within a block," said Davis.

Atlanta City Council member Natalyn Archibong said traffic passing between Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County could be contributing to the problem.

"It's pretty easy for people to travel from here and to go back out of here," she said, pointing to a map.

Archibong said the recent crime demands a concerted effort between the Atlanta Police Department and DeKalb <County?> police.

She referred to several robberies and two murders, including the one that claimed the life of Patrick Cotrona.

"There's a lot of nightlife," she said. "There are a lot of people, so we're going to have a lot of people. It gets later at night, I think that leads to more responsibility."

Residents said they see steps being taken, but there's still plenty of work to be done.

"We're expecting a little bit of crime," said Emily Brown. "It's a transitional neighborhood."

Archibong said she planned on walking the district with Georgia Power to work on improving lighting in the area.



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