A SWAT incident occurred a few streets from the scene of a man who was shot and killed during a robbery the previous evening, prompting the closure of many roads on Atlanta’s west side for several hours early on Tuesday morning, according to police.
SWAT troops from Atlanta police stormed a house in the Ashview Heights neighborhood, just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard a few hours after the incident. Washington Place, New Castle Street, and those roads were all blocked overnight until almost seven in the morning. The distance to Booker T. Washington High School is only a few blocks.
SWAT teams were at the house executing a search warrant related to the fatal shooting that occurred on Monday night, officials reported Channel 2 Action News.
Nobody was placed under arrest.
Just before 9 p.m. on Monday, police reported receiving a call regarding a shooting victim on Mitchell Street, which is just across from the scene of the SWAT incident.
The victim had gunshot wounds when the police arrived, and they declared him dead there. Police subsequently recognized him as 44-year-old Samuel Harris, often called “JR.”
According to police, a group of suspects in an armed robbery targeted Harris. Harris was shot during the crime, and his dog was taken by the accused. The investigators are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects.
On Monday night, four people were shot in three different locations throughout the city; one of them died.
First, at around 6:15 p.m., a wellness check was requested at a residence on Sandridge Place in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Candlewood Estates. There, authorities claimed, firemen had to break down the door to get inside and discovered a woman dead from several gunshot wounds. Her identity remained a secret.
A little over fifteen minutes later, authorities received a complaint regarding gunfire near a retail center around eight miles north of Candlewood Estates. The Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA station in the Harland Terrace neighborhood is conveniently close to the area.
Officers met with MARTA police upon arrival, who informed them that the suspect, whose identity was withheld, had been detained and the victim had already been transferred to a hospital. It was thought that the victim would live.
Then, an hour or so following the incident on Mitchell Street, Atlanta police helped MARTA police with another shooting at a different station. In this instance, authorities reported that shortly before ten o’clock at night, a sizable gathering of youths was fighting at the Arts Center station on West Peachtree Street. When gunfire started, an officer attempted to break up the altercation.
According to the authorities, one individual was hit in the ankle and another in the thigh. Following the altercation, all implicated were placed under arrest. The total number of those arrested was unclear.
Anyone with information regarding Harris’ shooting is urged to call 404-546-4235, the Atlanta Police Department’s Homicide Unit. Moreover, anonymous tips can be sent by texting CSA with the tip to CRIMES (274637), calling the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), or submitting them online at www.StopCrimeAtl.org. The prize of up to $2,000 is available to tipsters without requiring them to provide their names or any other identifying information.