At least 24 people were shot dead and four were killed in separate shootings over a bloody weekend in the Atlanta area amid a continuing series of violence.
The violence follows months of rising crime across the city, prompting employees to tackle the problem on Monday, WSB-TV reported.
“Atlanteans deserve and expect a safe community. As our administration continues to invest significant resources in ending this criminal wave of COVID, the Anti-Violence Advisory Committee will begin work this week to make further recommendations to improve public safety throughout our country. city ”, the mayor – said Keisha Lance Bottom.
The series of shootings included four killings in a short period of time in the early Mondays.
At around 1:30 a.m., a man was found with a gunshot wound on Sydney Marcus Boulevard. He was shot while driving in the passenger seat of a vehicle when people in another car opened fire, police said. An hour later, a woman was shot several times and died. At 3:30 a.m., a man was found shot at the Lacura Club, who later died at the hospital.
“It was definitely a busy weekend,” Police Lieutenant Daniel Jenson told the newsletter. “I don’t want to go into more detail than that, he was just extremely busy for us.”
Two other people were killed just outside the city, the newspaper reported.
Other incidents, including the shooting of four people in the parking lot of the Trap Museum. Hours later, an off-duty officer shot at someone after someone shot at a crowd.
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No one was injured.
Another man was shot several times Friday night during an attempted theft by someone he may have known, authorities said.
Many experts cite the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn and unrest over the race and police as factors in the rise of violent crime across the country. The Atlanta Police Department is currently having trouble filling its ranks, according to a report released last week.
Less than 2% of police candidates were recruited for a period of three years from 2017 to September last year.