ATLANTA (WAOK)-While all eyes around the nation are focused on Aurora Colorado and the shooting of 71 people in a movie theater, Atlanta Mayor’s past and present weighed in on the tragedy and how it relates to life in Georgia.

Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell (1994-2002) spoke with Derrick Boazman on “Too Much Truth” about how he dealt with a similar situation back in 1999.  Businessman Bill Barton killed himself after he went on a shooting rampage at two Atlanta brokerage offices on July 29, 1999.  Barton killed 9 people  in two Atlanta office buildings and injured 12 others. He killed himself after being pulled over by police in Acworth, Georgia, 30 miles north of Atlanta.

Less than an hour later, the bodies of three relatives of the suspect were found in his apartment in Stockbridge, a suburb southeast of Atlanta.

Campbell remembered vividly the pressure to give the community the information on the shooting while at the same time keeping the community calm.

Former Mayor Bill Campbell 2

Current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke to WAOK’s Mo Ivory today, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the Colorado shooting and told listeners what plans are underway to make sure they are safe when they watch a movie this weekend.

Mayor Kasim Reed on precautions SOT 1

Atlanta movie patrons are expected to attend the opening weekend of “The Dark Knight Rising” at area theaters.


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