Neighbors say they're fed up with crime after deadly shooting at gas station

The neighbors told Channel 2's Kristen Holloway that they're forced to go to other communities to shop.

ATLANTA — Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a gas station in Atlanta.

Police told Channel 2 Action News the shooting happened at Citgo on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Bakers Ferry Road in Atlanta.

The gas station is near Interstate 20. Channel 2's Kristen Holloway got to the scene just before 7 a.m. Monday. Police told her the victim is a man.

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Holloway spoke to a man who said the gas station is open 24 hours, and that he has seen a lot of criminal activity and even reported one incident to police.


“It’s not that I don’t feel safe. I know I’m not safe,” Olive Hooks said. “It’s bad I have to leave my neighborhood to go all the way to Mableton to shop, buy gas or anything else because I don’t trust the elements around here.”

Investigators combed through evidence for hours after finding the man with a gunshot wound. They were working to watch surveillance video from the cameras at the gas station to get some sort of glimpse at the suspect.

"That’s a murder over there that could’ve been prevented," Hooks said.

Hooks said he has also witnessed prostitution and loitering in the area. He told Holloway police are not doing enough to stop drugs and crime in the neighborhood and he's fed up.

"I noticed the changes start to leave our community when you care more about Buckhead than you do Bankhead," Hooks said.

After the most recent shooting, Hooks is pleading with the Atlanta Police Department to beef up patrols in the area.