Police are investigating a shooting that occurred late Sunday night near Ashby MARTA Station in Atlanta.
Rikki Klaus with WSBTV reports that bullets flew through the windshield of a MARTA bus in Atlanta. Crime scene investigators are on the scene right now marking bullets with evidence markers.
According to CBS 46, one man was injured. He was inside the MARTA bus. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital and is said to be in critical condition. The bullets also hit a nearby car, injuring a woman. Her condition has not yet been released.
No arrests have yet been made for this shooting as the investigation continues.
Just over a week ago, a passenger was shot on a MARTA bus, according to AJC. The transit agency revealed that two passengers were arguing while the MARTA bus was traveling in Southwest Atlanta. As the argument escalated, shots were fired and one of the men arguing was injured. The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and was said to have non-life threatening injuries.
This is breaking news. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Fox 5 reports that a witness has came forward to provide information regarding the shooting that hit a MARTA bus and a nearby car. According to the witness, a man stepped out of a black car and began shooting at another man who was sitting outside the MARTA Station.
A 22-year-old man was critically shot and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital. A bullet that ricocheted nearly a whole block hit a woman who was sitting at a red light at the intersection of Joseph Lowery Boulevard and Martin Luther King. Her injuries were said to be minor.
While at least one bullet hit a MARTA bus, no injuries were reported. It was unknown whether or not anyone was inside the bus when the bullet hit.
The police told reporters that the gunman jumped into his vehicle after the shooting and fled the scene. The gunman was said to be wearing all black, but unfortunately nobody was able to provide a good description of the him.
Atlanta leaders reported back in July that they are stepping up efforts to battle the murders and crimes in the city, Online Athens reveals. According to the report, violent crimes have significantly raised this year with nearly 60 homicides already. Last year at the same time of the report, their had been 44 reported homicides.
Mayor Kasim Reed revealed that the city could see a whopping 100 homicides by the end of the year at this rate, which he had never seen in all the years that he had been in office.
“We are seeing an increase in violence across America. Atlanta is not immune to that violence.”
Reed revealed that the city’s “Summer Operation Action Plan” was going to target violence in more than 30 neighborhoods with efforts to get guns off the streets.
Nearly all the homicides in Atlanta were by gunfire, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner reported. Regardless of Atlanta’s overall crime rate dropping 4-percent so far this year, homicide rates have increased.
“Every resource we have will be available to stop the violence that we see trending. We have to take more guns off the streets.”
Turner revealed that so far this year, nearly 800 guns have been removed off the streets, most of those being stolen. However, officers do not plan on stopping there.
While law enforcement in Atlanta are striving to reduce guns, they have created a plan to “dramatically increase resources to respond and investigate gun-related violent crime in our city.”
Reed believes that by doing this, we could potentially see a drop of nearly 10-percent of shooting incidents.
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