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Rapper and social justice activist Killer Mike was forced to delay the planned reopening of his Atlanta barbershop after it was hit by stray bullets over the weekend.

The streets of Atlanta have been turned into a war zone by out-of-towners fleeing their locked down blue states. Gang bangers are drawn to the area by the wide open atmosphere and packed nightclubs and restaurants.

The "Run The Jewels" rap star had been preparing to welcome customers back to his SWAG barbershop, but he had to rethink his plans after the property was riddled with bullets following a nearby shootout between a group of men.

The store has since had its windows boarded up and the broken glass cleared away until they can be repaired. Killer Mike, real name Michael Render, took to Instagram to share his outrage over the incident.

"It was not a personal attack but it was black men who cud not shoot for s**t shooting at one another," he wrote.

Mike went on to admit he is more frustrated about the senseless violence that continues to take place on the streets of his native city. He used his post to send a message to those involved.

"Please consider what would have happened if one of y'all actually hit one another," he continued. "The jail, the lawyer fees, the funeral cost and two black families loss. I'm glad y'all cud not hit the side of a barn with a shot gun cuz this am y'all all are alive [sic]."

He also expressed his thanks to local community members and police for helping with the clean up effort, and promised to reopen the SWAG Shop as soon as possible.

Authorities have yet to identify any suspects in the shooting, according to TMZ.

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Rapper Roddy Ricch is reportedly safe after 3 people were shot on the set of his music video in Atlanta over the weekend.

"The Box" rapper was filming the music video in collaboration with fellow Atlanta rapper 42 Dugg at a scrapyard, when gunfire broke out. Three men were shot during the melee.

It was later confirmed that neither Rich nor Dugg were hit by gunfire.

XXL magazine reported that Antoine Blake and Vernon Moulder transported themselves to a hospital, where they are listed in "stable condition" after being shot.

Another man, Peter Cook, suffered "a laceration from a piece of debris". One person was arrested for drug possession at the scrapyard.

While Ricch has yet to address the shooting himself on his social media pages, his friend DJ A-Tron confirmed that he was unharmed, tweeting that "Roddy good, all the homies good".

Dugg took to his Instagram Live to reassure fans that he was fine, saying: "Y'all stop with that fake s**t, man. We ain't been around no gun shooting, none of that. Real talk, man. We good... Thanks for the love, though. I appreciate the love, though."

An eyewitness who was working as a medic on the set of the video told Atlanta's WSB-TV.

"Everyone started running, trying to get out. Or take cover, lot of places to take cover in there. Anyone that was injured, I laid hands on 'em to make sure they were OK. Just glad it wasn't a lot worse then it could have been... could have been worse."
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed concerns about the NBA All-Star game coming to Atlanta.

The 2021 All-Star game is scheduled to take place on March 7 in Atlanta. But Mayor Bottoms has concerns about out-of-towners coming to a city already struggling with high crime.

Atlanta was wide open when other Democratic cities were locked down tight during the Covid-19 outbreak.

While other cities shut down businesses and nightclub venues, clubs in Atlanta are packed with maskless patrons every night.

Atlanta is battling a violent crime wave that shows no sign of slowing down. Out-of-towners are responsible for the spike in crime.

"I'm open to suggestions," Bottoms said after a 7-year-old girl was shot outside an upscale shopping mall in affluent Buckhead.

A woman was shot in a movie theater after she shushed two patrons in January. Camryn King, 20, and Yvonne Crawford, 22, were arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday, Feb. 17. They will be extradited from Indiana to face trial.

The victim, who had been shot in the shoulder, was treated for non life-threatening injuries and released from a hospital.

Mayor Bottoms is concerned that the All-Star game will attract even more criminals to her besieged city.

"Under normal circumstances, we'd be grateful for the opportunity to host the NBA All-Star game, but this isn’t a typical year," Mayor Bottoms tweeted. "I have shared my concerns related to public health and safety with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks. We are in agreement that this is a made-for-TV event only, and people should not travel to Atlanta to party."

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The sounds of gunfire startled residents early Thursday in an apartment building in suburban Sandy Springs, north of Atlanta.

Police were called to The Eva Apartments at 789 Hammond Drive in north Fulton County, around 2 a.m. in response to reports of shots fired.

They found three males shot inside an apartment. Two were dead at the scene and a third was rushed to a local hospital and is expected to survive, Fox 5 News reported.

Police said all of the men knew each other. There is no motive for the shooting.

Investigators spent the day collecting evidence and reviewing surveillance video that shows one man fleeing the scene.

A resident uploaded video showing the bloody aftermath of the shooting. Blood was seen inside an elevator and there are bloody footprints leading down a hallway.

The resident, @ice_tr3, captioned the video:

"Fatal shooting in my building The Eva in Sandy Springs last night around 2 am. It is reported that 3 Latino guys had an argument last night and then a shoot out between the 3 ensued. All three participants were shot Two was fatally shot the other one is in the hospital being treated for there injuries and the status is unknown. Police are currently investigating the incident. People are terrified and expect to see cheaper rent or they are departing... [sic]"

He added: "PSA. This was not black on black crime! They were Mexican!"
 

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A historic Krispy Kreme in Atlanta, Georgia, owned by NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, was heavily damaged by fire early Wednesday.

Atlanta fire crews responded to reports of a fire at the location shortly after midnight. When fire crews arrived, the historic structure was fully engulfed in flames, ESPN reported.

The fire reportedly started in the rear of the building. Video posted on social media shows roaring flames. No injuries were reported.

O'Neal bought the store in 2016. Originally built in 1965, the Krispy Kreme fed mourners after Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in 1968 by donating 150 dozen doughnuts to Atlanta churches.

"I hope no one was hurt and we will bounce back better than ever," the Basketball Hall of Famer told WXIA-TV.

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The suspect wanted in the death of a 7-year-old girl near Phipps Plaza mall in Atlanta was previously arrested for a gang-related shooting at another mall.

Kennedy Maxie was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mom and aunt near Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21. She died from her injuries on Saturday.

Police named Daquan Reed, 24, as a suspect in her murder. He is wanted for felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges.

Reed was among several men fighting in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue, police say.

Reed got into a car and fired three shots out the window as he drove off. Police believed a stray bullet struck Kennedy.

"He is not a stranger to law enforcement," said embattled Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a press conference on Tuesday. She said Reed has had previous run-ins with law enforcement.

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Reed (right) was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia following a shooting at MacArthur Center on Oct. 14, 2019. A 56-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened after Reed and Molek Alcantara (left) were walking through the mall and bumped into a 23-year-old man. The three "exchanged words" and Molek pulled out a gun and opened fire.

The mall was locked down for an hour while police investigated the shooting. Both men were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Atlanta days after the incident.

In January, Reed was convicted of being an accessory after the fact. A liberal judge sentenced him to a year in jail with 9 months suspended and two years of unsupervised probation.

Reed is still at large. City leaders are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Atlanta police have identified a suspect wanted in the shooting death of 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie near Phipps Plaza.

Atlanta police Lt. Pete Malecki named 24-year-old Dequan Reed as a suspect in Kennedy's murder in a press conference on Tuesday. He is wanted on several charges including felony murder.

"We have identified him and we will continue to work diligently to bring him to justice in the city of Atlanta," Malecki said.

Kennedy died Saturday after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mother and aunt near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is under fire for the crime spree that gripped Atlanta during the Covid-19 outbreak this year.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy," Bottoms said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $60,000. A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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A 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head in the Buckhead of northwest Atlanta has died.

Kennedy Maxie was a passenger in a Lexus with her mother and aunt when she was shot in the back of the head near Phipps Plaza. Kennedy died on Saturday after undergoing emergency surgery.

The child's aunt said she heard gunfire as she drove past Phipps Plaza on Monday, December 21. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been struck and rushed her to Children's Healthcare at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. Kennedy was shot by a stray bullet fired by one of the men.

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019. Both malls are owned by Simon Properties, which promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square mall entrances.

Phipps, located across the street from Lenox Square, is considered the more upscale property. No new security plan was announced for Phipps.

Investigators are working on "significant leads" from the public, said Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy. While the Atlanta Police Department has significant leads in the apprehension of those responsible, it does not erase the pain felt when a beautiful, vibrant, and loving child is tragically taken from her family. We urge the public to continue to provide information that will lead to the arrests of the careless and heartless people responsible for Kennedy’s death."

A GofundMe page raised over $50,000 for the girl's family.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was struck by a stray bullet while riding in a car in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead neighborhood on Monday, Dec. 21.

Kennedy Maxie, of Mableton, was shot in the head while riding in a Lexus with her mother and aunt near Phipps Plaza after doing some Christmas shopping.

The child's aunt said she heard several gunshots as she drove past Phipps Plaza. She drove on until she realized Kennedy had been hit, and rushed her to Scottish Rite's Children's Hospital.

Police say a fight between two groups of men broke out in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video for more leads.

Gang bangers from Chicago and other lawless, lockdown cities have poured into Atlanta to take advantage of the city's wide open atmosphere amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Music producer Jermaine Dupri is among the city's high-profile residents who expressed outrage over the ongoing gun violence. He tweeted that Atlanta police should do more racial profiling to sweep out-of-towners with guns off the city's streets.

"If you really from the A, it's time for us to come together and stop all this shooting shit at Lenox and now Phipps," Dupri tweeted on Christmas Eve. "The police need to get together, the profiling needs to go to code red and I can give a f*ck about y'all getting mad about me saying this. lil kids getting shot is wack."

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At a press conference on Tuesday, interim Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said "social gatherings" at Buckhead's Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza are attracting more criminals with guns.

"It is very concerning," Bryant told reporters. "Part of that is the proliferation of weapons that we are seeing on the streets... This is unique to what we have had in the past."

Atlanta police have investigated 150 shootings in Atlanta this year. At least 8 shootings have occurred at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza since December 2019.

"It's very, very sad," said Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore. "It's just unbelievable the level of gun violence that we're seeing."

City Councilman Howard Shook blasted Atlanta's city leadership in a statement, calling the child's shooting the "latest and most painful example of the utter lawlessness that defines what it means to live in Atlanta."

"It will take a lot to turn this around," he continued. "But here, in descending order, are the three things we need to begin: 1). Leadership; 2). Some Leadership; 3). Any leadership."

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms defended her administration's efforts to curb the crime wave caused by out-of-towners.

"This is a challenging time in Atlanta and across our country," Bottoms said. "While we continue to keep public safety as a top priority, senseless gun violence continues to impact innocent lives, like that of the precious 7-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet (Monday) night. We owe it to our children, as well as to all of our communities, to do everything in our power to eliminate gun violence."

Simon Properties, which owns both Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza across the street, promised to install metal detectors at Lenox Square Mall entrances and hire police dogs to sniff out guns concealed on shoppers.

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No plans were announced for Phipps Plaza, which is considered the more affluent of the two malls. Phipps is the main destination for lawbreakers because shoppers include celebrities, pro athletes, trust fund kids and other high-wage earners.

A GofundMe page has raised over $42,000 for the family. Additionally, a $15,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.
 

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Being the most wide open city in the country amid a pandemic has its drawbacks.

Atlanta residents are speaking out about the dramatic rise in crime caused by out-of-towners taking advantage of the freedom from lockdowns and the mask-free nightlife.

Residents say "they are over" the huge spike in crime and they are calling on Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta Police Dept. to do something about it.

Since February, there has been a dramatic spike in major crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults, and carjackings in Atlanta.

Bottoms addressed the rising crime problem in a recent interview with Fox News.

The mayor blamed police brutality, unemployment and Covid-19 for the uptick in violence on her pristine streets.

"I think it's just this perfect storm of distress in America," she said.

"I think that the people are obviously anxious, and even angry about Covid-19. Loved ones are dying. People are losing their jobs. I think there's a lot of frustration, a lot of angst."