Updated Jun 11, 2024 - News

Atlanta police officer shoots suspect who opened fire in Peachtree Center food court

Police in tactical gear with "Atlanta Police" on their vests get equipment from their trunk

Atlanta police respond to Peachtree Center after four people were shot in the food court. Credit: David Aaro/Courtesy of the AJC

Atlanta police say the three victims of a Tuesday shooting at the Peachtree Center food court in Downtown, along with the suspect who was shot by an off-duty officer, are expected to survive their injuries.

The latest: As of Tuesday, the victims and suspect are recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory Midtown, according to Mayor Andre Dickens.

Zoom in: Shortly before 2:15pm, a 34-year-old person armed with a handgun entered the food court and shot another person after a "brief altercation," Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said.

  • Two other people were hit, possibly at random, the chief said. The victims are a 47-year-old from Grayson, a 69-year-old woman from East Point and a 70-year-old woman from Atlanta.

An off-duty Atlanta police officer working another job nearby shot the suspect. The officers on the scene applied first aid to stabilize the suspect, Schierbaum said.

  • Schierbaum said the suspect was armed when the officers encountered him and when they kicked his gun away.

What's next: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the case because it involves an officer shooting.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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