ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Press releases from the Atlanta Police Department initially indicated 19 people were shot over the weekend, and at least six people are dead as a result of shootings in Atlanta between May 14 and May 17, 2021. The information also indicated the shootings all happened in at least 13 separate incidents around town, including Buckhead. On May 18, 2021, APD provided an update indicating a total of 20 people were shot and four of them were killed during 14 separate incidents.
John and Rosemary Agnew have lived in Buckhead for 17 years and recall a much safer community before things changed. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Ever,” Rosemary Agnew said, regarding the rash of shootings. In one incident, an argument at a pool party at the The Peninsula at Buckhead by Arium Apartments on Piedmont Road allegedly spilled over into the nearby Home Depot parking lot. Officers say three men were shot. Just up the road at Buford Highway Connector and Sidney Marcus Boulevard, police say they found a man inside a car with a gunshot wound. He had been a passenger in the vehicle, which had been traveling down GA400 when suspects in another vehicle started shooting.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How Much Will Your Monthly Check Be?
The Peninsula at Buckhead by Arium issued this statement:
The safety and wellbeing of our residents is and always will be our number one priority. We take very seriously the incident that occurred this past weekend and we are actively working with authorities in the open investigation. To be clear, the rooftop event was not organized or sanctioned by our property management team and, furthermore, there is no indication that any part of the incident took place at our rooftop pool facility.READ MORE: DeKalb’s Tenant-Landlord Assistance Coalition To Reopen Applications After Cyberattack
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addressed the city’s violence just two weeks ago on May 4, after a weekend of 12 shootings and four homicides. She said the state needs stricter gun laws. “Until that happens, I am so sad to say that this likely will not be the last time I stand here,” she said at that press conference.
The crimes are affecting businesses. “It makes people not want to come into the area,” said Che Blackford, a manager at Tin Drum Asian Kitchen in Buckhead. She added, “The policing is good, but it’s not consistent.” Blackford says more surveillance would also help.
The Agnews say there’s another solution. “City council and the mayor cracking down on all the crime that’s going on in Atlanta,” said Rosemary Agnew. “I just wish them well. I hope they can do something. Something needs to be done,” said John Agnew.MORE NEWS: APD Reports Two Shootings Overnight
Mayor Bottoms’ Anti-Violence Advisory Council will meet for the first time on Wednesday to address violent crimes and work toward potential solutions.