Victim’s family speaks out after fatal shooting at busy MARTA station

ATLANTA — One man is dead after a shooting at a busy MARTA station Tuesday afternoon.

MARTA police confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that they were called to the Ashby train station to reports of a shooting just before 4:30 p.m.

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Officers said they found a man shot once in the head and he was pronounced dead inside the station.

Police say they are still looking for the shooter.

Channel 2′s Veronica Griffin spoke with the victim’s sister on WSB Tonight at 11 p.m.

The victim’s name has still not been released, but the victim’s sister spoke with Griffin. She said he was on a train headed home and they rushed to the Ashby station after too much time had passed.

One Atlanta resident, Jeremy Bell, was shocked and upset upon hearing the news about the deadly shooting. It’s the bus stop he uses for his trip to and from work.

He said something needs to be done about the violence.

“We really need to do something to get guns off the street and keep our community safe,” said Bell.

The sister waited nearby for investigators to confirm what they had been fearing all along that her brother was the young man who had been shot and killed.

Police have not released details on what led up to the shooting.


Major Matthew Carrier with MARTA Police said witnesses have been hard to come by, but several people rushed over to the victim when they heard gunshots.

“Persons did respond over there to him. But we’re not sure if they saw wat occurred or (if they just) heard what occurred,” said Carrier,

Earlier Tuesday, officials said the investigation affected the westbound platform at the station on Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.

They said those trains were boarding at the eastbound platforms of the Vine City and Ashby stations.

MARTA offered affected riders with a credit to get an Uber or Lyft.

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