Man arrested after firing shots at group of friends in Atlanta, police say

ATLANTA — A man is under arrest after police said he started shooting at people in an Atlanta neighborhood.

Officers were called to the home near MLK Jr. Drive and Racine Street SW around 12:30 a.m.

When officers showed up they saw the man standing on the porch of house holding a gun.

“I was playing the machine in the store and I heard the gunshots going off,” witness Juvarcus Porter said.

“When they confronted him, he got a little excited about them ganging up on him, is what we’re being told, and then he fired some rounds off at them or in the air,” said Atlanta police Capt. Jeff Cantin.

Friends told police the man had been drinking.


Police said he ran inside, so they called in the SWAT team, causing a standoff. After hours of trying to get the man to come out, the SWAT team went in and got him.

“We were able to get the gentleman out of the house, he’s uninjured. We’re going to get him some treatment, look at charges so they investigation is going to continue,” Cantin said.