ATLANTA — Atlanta police officers are searching for at least two gunmen after a deadly shooting during a party at an Airbnb.
Channel 2 Action News was there as police investigated the scene near the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Lester Street overnight Friday.
Atlanta Police Homicide Commander Pete Melecki said officers were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. One of the surviving victims told police that the group were in a rideshare vehicle arriving at the home on the 100 block of Sunset Avenue when they were ambushed by at least two gunmen.
Channel 2′s Tom Jones learned from witnesses that one of the victims was Dayshun Clark, 19. The other victim has not been identified.
Two other victims, aged 17 and 18, were found with non life-threatening injuries.
A fifth person received minor injuries during the shooting, but was not shot. The rideshare driver had left the scene when the shooting happened.
In a tragic twist, Jones met Clark after another teen was shot and killed last year. Clark was with a group of young men Jones talked to about learning from your mistakes and living your best life.
Jones also talked to Clark’s godmother, who said she wants to know who was so angry at him.
“He didn’t get in no trouble,” she said. “He was a loving child.”
Jones talked to a neighbor who heard the shots and knew it wasn’t good. Helen Williams Bolston said she heard the shots just as she was lying down for bed. When the dust cleared, she saw the victims in the street.
“Some little girl was coming out the door running and screaming and hollering,” Bolston said. “I said, ‘Oh my God, what is it? So I just hit the floor.”
Bolston said civil rights leaders worked too hard for this to happen in this neighborhood.
“Maynard Jackson, Martin Luther King, they all lived on this block,” Bolston said. “This is a historical environment.”
Police continue to search for suspects and a motive. There are multiple surveillance cameras on the home.
Neighbors said Airbnb needs to do a better job of scrutinizing who they allow to use their service.
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