ATLANTA — The woman who was killed in a mass shooting in Midtown Atlanta that left four other women wounded was the mother of two young children.
Amy St. Pierre, 38, was shot to death inside a doctor’s office on West Peachtree Street after a man who was also a patient there opened fire.
Deion Patterson, 24, was arrested Wednesday night in Cobb County after an hours-long manhunt that paralyzed the city.
Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes learned that St. Pierre was the mother of two, a first-grader and a preschooler.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said St. Pierre was an employee there in a statement:
“CDC is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of a colleague killed today in the Midtown Atlanta shooting. Our hearts are with her family, friends, and colleagues as they remember her and grieve this tragic loss.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky wrote in a statement to staff members that St. Pierre worked in the Division of Reproductive Health where she “worked to save the lives of mothers and infants.”
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Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Woodstock identified St. Pierre as an alumnus from their class of 2003.
Emory University also said that St. Pierre was an alumna of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
“Her friends at Rollins remember her for her kindness, positivity, determination, and compassion for others,” the university said.
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Channel 2 Action News obtained arrest warrants for the suspect that identified the injured victims as Lisa Glynn, Georgette Whitlow, Jazzmin Daniel and Alesha Hollinger. The women range in age from 25 to 71.
Fernandes went to St. Pierre’s Virginia Highlands neighborhood and spoke to about 10 of her neighbors and friends.
They weren’t ready to talk on camera yet, but sent a statement – describing St. Pierre as a “loving mother & wife.”
They said she was a “genuinely great person” and “compassionate about helping others.”
Her friends said St. Pierre essentially worked to save the lives of mothers and their infants.
They said she was incredibly empathetic and Fernandes spoke to one neighbor through her doorbell surveillance camera.
“It was Christmas Eve and we happened to be on the front porch. Their family walked by and the St Pierre kids were so lovely and they wanted to come and chat with my grandkids,” the neighbor said.
As Fernandes got to know St. Pierre today, this woman won’t be forgotten.
Dr. Robert Jansen, Grady Memorial Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, says three of those women suffered critical injuries. Two of them have undergone surgery and another underwent radiology. All three of them are currently in the Intensive Care Unit.
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