Atlanta woman witnessed doctors save midtown mass shooting victims in emergency room

ATLANTA — An Atlanta woman said she witnessed doctors and other medical staff rush to save the lives of the Northside Medical Center mass shooting victims in Midtown last week.

Katie Kissel told Channel 2′s Audrey Washington that she was in the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital with her friend when she heard a scream and saw the commotion.

“Mass shooting at a medical center in Midtown,” that is what Kissel said she heard inside the ER.

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“[Doctors] They ran past us on the stretcher with people going into, what I assume was like the trauma area, and everyone and the nurses were talking and all saying that was the first victim,” Kissel added.

Alexis Slattery works at McCray’s Tavern, across the street from Northside Medical Center Midtown where the mass shooting happened.

Slattery said she stayed inside while police shut down the area and searched for the shooter.

“It was kind of like a crazy feeling to have that happening right across the street,” Slattery said.

Police said in all, the suspected shooter, 24-year-old Deion Patterson, shot five people.


One person, 38-year-old Amy St. Pierre, died at the scene. The other four victims are still recovering.

Kissel told Washington she knew of St. Pierre and that the two were a part of some of the same community organizations.

“We ran in the same circles. She was a 30-something-year-old mom of two, just like me. We had a lot of things in common. A lot of mutual friends. It just felt like that could have been me,” Kissel said.

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