One man is in custody in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Spelman student Jasmine Lynn who was struck in the chest by a stray bullet as she returned to her dorm last night.
A memorial for Jasmine Lynn is scheduled for 8 p.m. in front of Spelman’s main gate on Westview Drive. The memorial is being organized by students, not the college, a campus spokeswoman said.
Lynn, of Kansas City, Mo., was walking south on James P. Brawley Drive around 12:30 a.m. when a fight broke out among a group of men on the corner of Mitchell Street and James P. Brawley Drive.
A friend who was walking with Lynn saw the altercation and the gun and she warned Lynn to take cover, but it was too late. Police questioned one man at Grady hospital who was chased, tackled and stomped by bystanders who were tired of the senseless violence.
But police say the gunman got away.
Danays Marquez, a Morris Brown College freshman from Miami, said she heard 5 gunshots and saw Lynn fall to the ground. “She was drenched in blood and it looked like she was taking her last breath,” said Marquez.
Jerome Jones, an 18-year-old student from Clark Atlanta, was struck in the wrist by a stray bullet. He was treated at Grady Memorial and released.
Loneia Powell, a 20-year-old Clark Atlanta junior from Columbus, said it’s not unusual to hear gunshots near the campus.
“Look at the area we’re near,” she said. “It happens all the time.”