A shootout happened last night between teenagers in midtown Atlanta that resulted in six people being shot.
Among those affected were a juvenile in critical condition and four other teens with gunshot wounds. One of the kids at the scene died from his injuries at just 12 years old.
The investigation is still going on, but police believe the shooting started with a dispute between two groups. A witness described hearing 30 rounds fired, and the shooting lasted for two minutes.
The shooting began after a group of juveniles was escorted off Atlantic Station property by off-duty Atlanta police officers and Atlantic Station personnel. They were found to be breaking curfew and causing disruption.
However, as the group moved to 17th street, they began opening fire in an escalating dispute. As first responders arrived and cleared the scene, three guns were recovered in total.
Police have not released any names or conditions of the victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
A spokesperson for Atlantic Station said there is now no active threat to the property. As a result of this incident, the Atlantic Station changed its curfew policy for kids earlier this year. Now, anyone under 18 has to be with an adult after 3 pm.
Officials said that the children and teenagers involved in the shooting attended public and charter schools in Atlanta. Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring made a statement about the schools receiving resources to help process the grief from the incident. She also urged the community to take a stand against gun violence for the sake of these afflicted students.
Atlanta city officials said they’ve taken various measures to address gun violence, including programs aimed at protecting Atlanta’s youth. Parents are also encouraged to know where their children are at all times.