- Six people were shot and killed during a baseball or softball game in an Atlanta park on Sunday, police said.
- Authorities say the shooting happened after a fight broke out during the match.
- Of the six victims, one died in hospital and another, a 6-year-old boy, is in critical condition.
Six people were shot and killed Sunday night after an argument broke out during a baseball or softball game in a park just southwest of downtown Atlanta, police said.
Of the six victims, one was a man in his thirties who died after being sent to Grady Hospital, while another is a 6-year-old who is in critical condition at a children’s health center at Egleston Hospital. Atlanta Deputy Chief of Police Charles Hampton Jr. told reporters.
The rest of the victims are in stable condition, he added.
Hampton said police have made no arrests and are asking the public for information about the shooter.
“Maybe it was just a community event, just everyone getting together. At this point, we don’t know any relationships between the six victims,” he told reporters in a statement.
The shooting occurred at 7 p.m. at the Dunbar Recreation Center in Rosa L. Burney Park, according to police.
“This is not a place for gunfights, so we’re asking everyone to leave the guns at home,” Hampton said.
“As we’ve said countless times, we’re just asking the citizens to find a way to resolve conflicts without weapons. We’re just asking people to, you know, distance themselves,” he also said. “We’re asking people to just let the past be over.”
Sunday’s shooting comes after several other gun-related episodes over the past week in Atlanta City parks, including what police say is a homicide-suicide. Merrits Avenue in Central Park and the fatal shooting of a man at… Wilson Mills Park.
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