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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms declined an invite to attend today's City Council meeting to address Atlanta's violent crime.

Police are searching for a gunman who fired into a crowd outside a crowded Buckhead lounge early Sunday. A woman and two males were wounded during the shooting and transported to local hospitals.

"Recent events throughout the city have generated a steady stream of public discussion regarding the role and effectiveness of leadership in Atlanta," Council President Felicia Moore wrote in a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It could be helpful to the Council and the public to receive updates relative to the implementation status of any resulting recommendations associated with these initiatives."

Bottoms responded to Moore's letter on New Year's Day, saying her administration will continue to update the City Council on the specific steps being taken to address the city's violent crime.

"I will continue to engage the public and City Council on the important matters of public safety," Bottoms wrote, while politely declining the invitation. "As always, my staff will be available during your City Council conference call meeting."

Bottoms also encouraged Moore and the City Council to conduct their meetings via Zoom, or similar platforms.

Moore's letter comes after 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie died days after she was shot in the head while riding in a car with her aunt and mother near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead neighborhood.

The child's shooting death fueled calls for a private police force to patrol Buckhead. City Council members have pledged to donate money toward the private force.

Kennedy's killer, 24-year-old Daquan Reed, is still at large.

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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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Shocking video shows a brutal assault on a woman in a shopping center in upscale Buckhead, a suburb north of Atlanta.

The video, originally published by @atlscoop on Instagram, shows a person attempting to snatch a woman's purse after knocking her to the ground.

The incident occurred on Dec. 13 outside the Old Navy Store in the Buckhead Station shopping center across the street from Lenox Square Mall, where there have been at least seven shootings in the past year.

The person approached the woman, knocked her to the ground and tried to snatch her purse. But she held onto her purse with a tight grip as the person dragged her across the parking lot.

Several bystanders rushed over to assist the woman, as the thief rifled through her purse before fleeing the scene on foot.

Comments under the video ripped Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the escalating crime spree that has rocked Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.

One IG user wrote: "Talk to Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta crime is out of control!!!"

Another user wrote: "Thanks to our cop hating race bating Mayor of Atlanta for allowing our city to turn to sh*t. Come back from your other home in Martha’s Vineyard and fix our city now."

And a third wrote: "Actor Josh Groban had his car broken into there in broad daylight!?"

Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore suggested the seven shootings at Lenox Mall were committed by opportunistic criminals who migrated to Atlanta from locked down states because the Peach city is wide open during the Corona outbreak.

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Serial bank robber Gerod Woodberry was shocked when a Manhattan Criminal Court judge let him go free without paying a cash bail after he knocked over another bank last week.

Woodberry, 42, was busted after allegedly hitting four Chase Bank branches in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and the West Village in one week.

On Jan. 9, he walked out of jail with a smile on his face. "I can't believe they let me out," he said as police handed him two $25 gift cards and a free transit voucher to take him anywhere he wanted to go.

"What were they thinking?" Woodberry said as he left.

According to the NY Post, Woodberry headed to a bank branch and slid a note to a teller.

He walked out of the bank $1,000 richer. It was his fifth bank robbery since December 30, 2019.

On Tuesday, he struck again. This time he entered the Citibank on Third Avenue near East 49th Street around 1:20 p.m. and passed a note to a teller.

"This is a robbery. Large bills only please," the note read, according to police sources.

But unlike his five previous bank heists, Woodberry fled empty handed, according to the Post.

"It fits the description and m.o. of him," said one high-ranking police source, referring to Woodberry, who is still at large.

When police do catch up to Woodberry, he will likely walk free again, thanks to his good manners and unfailing politeness while robbing banks without a weapon.

Woodberry's crime spree - and free get out of jail cards - are all thanks to NY mayor Bill de Blasio's no cash bail reform law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

The law prohibits cash bail for non-violent felony offenders - even bank robbers.

Manhattan Criminal Court judges have no choice but to let repeat offenders like Woodberry go free.

New Yorkers are furious over the new law. Many say they are growing frustrated with de Blasio and other Democrat lawmakers who have turned New York into a safe haven for criminals.

"It's a circus," one NYPD insider told the Post. "They made it this way, your local New York state politicians. Wait until a cop gets hurt responding, or a person fleeing the bank. We'll see how they feel after that."

The crime rate has gone "through the roof" according to a NY resident on Reddit.com.

One Long Island resident wrote that he lost a cousin who was killed by a drunk driver who had three previous DWIs. The resident said the driver was released without bail 10 days before he crashed into his cousin, killing him, while fleeing from police.

"He just walked out of the court room a free man with no bail again, while my family is planning a funeral," the resident wrote.

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