Police searching for gunmen who opened fire at each other in southwest Atlanta shopping center

Police searching for gunmen who opened fire at each other in southwest Atlanta shopping center
Police said two groups of men started shooting at each other after first seeing saw each other in a store in a shopping plaza along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in southwest Atlanta. (WSBTV.com News Staff)

ATLANTA — Police are looking for the gunmen who opened fire in the middle of a busy shopping plaza.

Investigators told Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes that the shooters fired at least 20 times.

Police said two groups of men started shooting at each other after first seeing saw each other in a store in a shopping plaza along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in southwest Atlanta.

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Witnesses showed Fernandes how a bullet went through the door of a store at the other end of the shopping center from where the shooting began.

“It went through here and then another one went through the top,” witness Alan Stillwell said, showing Fernandes the door.

Stillwell said he was driving up to the plaza right as the shooting ended. He said a few of his friends were almost shot while standing in the doorway to a store in the shopping center.

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“It would’ve hit them, that’s why they started ducking. There were six people in here. Everybody hit the ground,” Stillwell said.

Police say it all started when two groups of men ran into each other. Investigators said they had a previous fight and when they saw each other at the food mart, they started shooting at each other.

Sherteria Webb owns Terri’s Café in the plaza and heard the gunshots

“I was coming into the entrance, heard a lot of gunshots – a lot of rounds going off -- as I was driving in,” Webb said. “It’s extremely hard for me to run my business as well as the other business owners. It’s extremely hard for us because no one wants to patronize you if I’m coming in as a business owner and it startled me coming in to hear a range of bullets going off. I can only imagine how my customers would feel. So, it’s very, very difficult for all of us as business owners. We’re very concerned.”

Police detained a person for a bit but let him go. Investigators are still looking for the suspects behind the shooting.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

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