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Man shot in the leg in SW Atlanta

Man shot in the leg in SW Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man was shot in the leg during an argument in southwest Atlanta Monday morning.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

He was shot at a home in the 1100 block of Westmont Road SW.

Police have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting or the identities of any potential suspects.

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14-year-old shot, killed in NW Atlanta

14-year-old shot, killed in NW Atlanta

ATLANTA – A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in northwest Atlanta on Monday afternoon, according to police.

Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee says that authorities are investigating after Mi'Tavius Smith, of Decatur, was shot inside of an apartment building in the 400 block of Sunset Avenue NW.

Police say the teen didn't live at the apartment, but had family members who did.

No arrests had been made as of Monday night.

Burglars use power saw to cut hole in back of liquor store

Burglars use power saw to cut hole in back of liquor store

ATLANTA -- Burglars used a commercial power saw to get inside a northwest Atlanta liquor store overnight.

The theft happened shortly before 3 a.m. Monday at Power Package Store on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway near Interstate 285.

Atlanta Police confirmed the suspects used the saw to cut a small hole into a back wall of the building. There was no immediate word of how much merchandise or money was taken.

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Drunk driver gets 15 years for killing child

Drunk driver gets 15 years for killing child

ATLANTA -- A driver who was found guilty of hitting and killing an 11-year-old boy has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Last Thursday, a Fulton County jury convicted 44-year-old Gatha Maurice Dyer of vehicular homicide, DUI and reckless driving in the April 2013 accident.

Police said Dyer was drunk when he hit Patrick Williams on Boulder Park Drive near the intersection of Brownlee Road in southwest Atlanta. Williams, a McNair Middle School student, was crossing the street with several other children when he was struck by Dyer's 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The force of the impact sent Williams sailing 53 feet in the air before he crashed onto Dyer's windshield and hit the ground, according to information presented in court. The boy died at the scene, while Dyer sped away.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Man shot during robbery in northwest Atlanta

Man shot during robbery in northwest Atlanta


ATLANTA -- A man was shot in northwest Atlanta Wednesday morning by two suspects who tried to rob him.

The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. along English Avenue.

The victim told police he was walking down the street when two men approached him and demanded his belongings. Before the victim could comply, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot him in the thigh.

An Atlanta Police spokesman said the victim ran away. Police later found him at the intersection of English Avenue and Fox Street.

The suspects have not been identified. Atlanta Police described them as two black men -- one with dreadlocks and the other with short hair.

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Northwest Atlanta SWAT situation ends peacefully

Northwest Atlanta SWAT situation ends peacefully


ATLANTA -- An overnight SWAT situation in northwest Atlanta ended with one man's arrest.

The incident began at around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Atlanta Police officers patrolling the area spotted a known convicted felon who was carrying a weapon.

When the man saw the officers, he dropped the gun and ran into a house, police said.

The man refused to leave the house, forcing police to call in a SWAT team. At around 2 a.m., SWAT officers finally persuaded the man to turn himself in.

No one was injured in the incident. The man's name was not released. Police said a second person was inside the house; there was no immediate word on whether that person will face charges.