Four people have been shot near Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta late Tuesday night. Details were scarce as of Wednesday morning but here is everything we know so far.
WSB-TV reported that the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. at a block party “at the intersection of James P. Brawley Drive southwest and Beckwith Street southwest.” The location is reportedly the steps of a library, which is used by students at Clark as well as Spelman College and Morehouse College, which are all part of the larger Atlanta University Center, which calls itself “the world’s oldest and largest association of historically Black colleges and universities.”
All of the people shot were reportedly female students with their ages ranging from 17 to 19 years old and enrolled at Clark and Spelman. One person was shot in the chest, another in the leg and bullets reportedly grazed two others. They were reportedly in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Video has been posted to social media claiming to show the aftermath of the shooting, for which law enforcement did not immediately announce an official motive as of Wednesday morning.
“Initial investigation seems to indicate an argument broke out between two parties prior to the shooting,” Atlanta police public affairs director Carlos Campos said Wednesday morning in a statement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “It appears the women were not the intended targets of the shooting.”
“The first thing I heard was the gunshots,” Philpot said. “We were just in here playing the video game and we heard some gunshots go off, about five or six. We got up and looked out the window and we saw everybody running in the opposite direction.”
He continued: “At first we really didn’t believe it, but then it was like, ‘those are really gunshots.'”We saw them cart off some lady in an ambulance.”
Watch the news clip below.
There has been outrage on social media that mainstream media was not covering the shooting at a historically Black college like it might have done for a predominately white university. One user wrote, “Am I tripping or just missing something? Why haven’t any major news outlets reported about the shooting pertaining 3 HBCU’s, Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta University. Praying hard for all my brothers & sisters that were affected by this. Lord please protect and cover them.”
Investigators are hoping surveillance footage will help them identify the shooters.
Classes were reportedly scheduled to start today.
Our condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.