• 2 shot, 1 killed in NE Atlanta shopping plaza


    ATLANTA - After receiving a call about illegal gambling in the area, Atlanta police heard gunshots and found one man dead and another injured Monday night.

    Officers said they found nearly two dozen bullet shell casings at the North Plaza Shopping Center on North Avenue.

    “It appears that at least 20 shots were fired and people were fleeing. We don’t know if the victims were the intended targets at the time,” Lt. Paul Guerrucci of the Atlanta Police Department said.

    Two men in their 20s were shot.

    “They ran a short distance. One collapsed on Boulevard and the other collapsed on North Avenue,” Guerrucci said.

    Police said one of the men died on the way to Atlanta Medical Center and the other is in critical condition.

    Police said they do not think the shooting and the call about illegal gambling are related, but they’re investigating all possibilities.

    Detectives are also looking into the possibility that there were two shooters, police said.

    Police said they have not identified a suspect or a motive in the shooting.

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