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Violent crime in Atlanta is up 60% in Atlanta since January. The Atlanta Police Department took to Facebook to beg gang members to stop shooting each other.

The Atlanta Police Department launched a "Think before you shoot" campaign on Facebook, begging residents to please stop shooting at each other.

"Healthy conflict resolution requires maturity. Choosing guns to resolve conflict does not. Think before you shoot," the campaign reads.

The most recent homicide was Wednesday afternoon when a 30-year-old man was gunned down at a southeast Atlanta park.

And two security guards were shot over the weekend at rapper 2 Chainz's nightclub.

Police say the bouncers were shot and wounded at Members Only Lounge off Ralph McGill Boulevard at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

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The lounge is a joint venture between 2 Chainz and club promoter Mychel "Snoop" Dillard.

"We're hoping that people will see the message and think twice before they resort to picking up a gun," APD spokeswoman Chata Spikes told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Anger + Guns Adds Up to Nothing Good. You cannot put the bullet back in the chamber once it is discharged," the post reads. "Many have learned this the hard way."

The murder rate in Atlanta has tripled in the first three months of 2021. In three more months, the murder rate will equal all of last year's Atlanta homicides.

The situation is so dire that the Mayor's Office and the City Council considered paying gang members to stop shooting at each other.

Atlanta's murder rate is on pace to become the highest in the city's history.


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The father of former Atlanta Falcons player Phillip Adams says he believes concussions may have caused his murderous rampage.

Phillip Adams broke into a neighbor's home on Wednesday, April 7, and shot 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie and his 69-year-old wife Barbara Lesslie.

Adams then shot and killed the couple's grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie, and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie.

All 4 family members were found in a bedroom inside the home.

Two HVAC repair men working outside the home were also shot. James Lewis, a 39-year-old single father of three, died from his injuries.

The second repair man was taken to a hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Police say Adams returned to his Rock Hill, SC home where he fatally shot himself. His body was found the next day.

Alonzo Adams told WCNC-TV his son was being treated by Dr. Lesslie at one point.

"I can say he's a good kid," Alonzo Adams said. "I think the football messed him up."

"I don't think he ever did anybody any harm. All I can say is we pray for the family," Alonzo Adams told WCNC-TV. "He used to be my doctor a long time ago. I know they were good folks down there. We're gonna keep them in our prayers."

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A Birmingham woman who allegedly killed a 52-year-old woman during a street racing crash has been arrested a second time.

Carmesia Flannigan was arrested by Atlanta police for violating the terms of her bond after she allegedly killed an innocent victim during a street race in Birmingham.

She was charged with murder, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The victim, Brandy Ballard, a 52-year-old healthcare worker, was on her way home from work at 6:10 a.m. on March 21 when she was killed in a head on collision.

In a Facebook Live video following her initial arrest, Flannigan blamed the victim for the car crash. "That old ass lady swerved in my lane," Flannigan said.

Flannigan denied speeding in her 2010 Chevrolet Camaro before she allegedly hit Ballard's 2007 Ford Focus head on.

Flannigan claimed she was driving a "2020 droptop Camaro" when Ballard swerved into her lane. She threatened viewers on the livestream after her mother posted her $175,000 bond.

Her mother, who paid her bond in March, also cussed out Flannigan's Facebook Live viewers.

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More details have emerged about a former Atlanta Falcons player who killed five people then turned the gun on himself in South Carolina.

Phillip Adams, who played defensive back on multiple teams including the Falcons, fatally shot five people before killing himslf.

According to Complex.com, Adams shot and killed 70-year-old Dr. Robert Lesslie and his 69-year-old wife Barbara Lesslie. The couple was pronounced dead at their home on Wednesday.

Adams also killed their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie, and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie.

A HVAC technician working outside the home, 38-year-old James Lewis, was found shot to death. A second HVAC technician was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

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Adams forced his way into the Rock Hill, SC home and opened fire. All four family members were found in a bedroom in the home.

Adams lived with his mother down the street from the victims.

The York County Sheriff's Office located Adams in a home in Rock Hill on Thursday. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Adams was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010. His last season was in 2015.

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Nike and Beats by Dre reportedly suspended Deshaun Watson's endorsement deals after nearly two dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.

The Apple-owned Beats by Dre is the second major brand to distance itself from Watson amid the damaging allegations.

"We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation," a Beats by Dre representative said in a statement.

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The 25-year-old Houston Texans quarterback faces sex assault allegations from multiple massage therapists who say he solicited them for sex on social media.

The women say the pro athlete made unwanted sexual advances during private massage therapy sessions.

Lawsuits accuse Watson of being a sexual predator who victimized women by pretending to seek massage therapy sessions.

"Watson is in the sex trade. He needs to be stopped," according to a lawsuit from an alleged Aug. 2 incident.

Ashley Soils, the first woman to file a sexual misconduct lawsuit against Watson, said "I am survivor of assault and harassment, Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser, he assaulted me at my home doing what I love most, massage therapy."

22 women in total have filed lawsuits against him, Complex.com reported.

Watson vigorously denied the allegations. He explained that he contacted massage therapists via DMs on Instagram.com because his usual masseuse contacts were on lockdown due to the Covid.

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Capitol police identified 25-year-old Noah Green as the man who rammed two Capitol officers with his car.

The member of the Nation of Islam recently lost his job, was despondent and sought spiritual help.

Police say Green rammed his car into a barricade, injuring two Capitol police officers.

Police opened fire on Green as he exited his car wielding a knife. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Green referred to himself as "Brother Noah X" in a lengthy Facebook post. He complained about Covid-19, unemployment, the rising national debt, and political division.

"To be honest these past few years have been tough and these past few months have been tougher," Green wrote on March 16. "I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.

"There is much confusion in this day and age in my perspective. The ongoing COVID crisis, unemployment, rising National Debt, division within the political sphere, rumors of war and the like. But one thing I'm assured everyone can lean on is faith in the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as the man who can carry us through the dark hour."

He encouraged everyone to study the Book of Revelations and to learn the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

In closing, he wrote, "Please repost and share. Peace and blessings, Brother Noah X."

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Two more alleged victims have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Tip "T.I." Harris and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Two anonymous women retained attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn, who represents several other unidentified accusers.

The women accuse the reality TV couple of drugging them and sexually abusing them.

One victim said she was "drugged, forced to take tons of molly and X, and sex-trafficked in three states," according to Vulture. She was 32 at the time.

The second victim said she was "raped by Clifford Harris and one of his male friends in a hotel in Miami, Florida, in May of 2010."

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Blackburn sent letters to attorney generals in Georgia and California, requesting investigations into the allegations.

So far, there have been no charges filed against the couple.

High-powered attorney Steven Sadow said the Harrises will be vindicated.

"We await Blackburn exposing his anonymous accusers to the light of day, by revealing their names, so we will be in a position to confront their allegations," Sadow told Vulture. "By Blackburn choosing instead to misuse the media for his own publicity and hiding the identities of his clients from the public and us, he makes it impossible for us to do so now."

But legal experts say the alleged sex abuse victims have the right to privacy.

A judge can keep the names of sex abuse victims out of public records to protect them from witness intimidation or harassment.

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Jen Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested on federal fraud charges.

Shah and Smith are cast members on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City."

The reality TV personality is accused of running a nationwide telemarketing and money laundering scheme.

A 10-page indictment accuses Shah and Smith of defrauding victims older than age 55.

The victims were charged thousands of dollars to receive unspecified services which "provided little to no value to the victims."

Shah, 47, struggled to explain what she did for a living on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

"My background is in direct response marketing for about twenty years," she said. "Our company does advertising. We have a platform that helps people acquire customers."

She claimed to be the founder and owner of JAX Fashion, Shah Beauty and The Real Shah Lashes. But prosecutors say Shah's businesses are nonexistent.

Shah appeared in federal court on Tuesday. She was released and ordered to turn over her passport.

She is not allowed to leave Utah without the judge's approval. Shah also is not allowed to participate in telemarketing schemes.

She is set to appear in a federal court in Manhattan via CCTV on Wednesday.

Shah is the wife of University of Utah football coach Sharrieff Shah. They share two grown sons together.
 

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Police arrested a suspect who assaulted a 65-year-old Asian woman in an unprovoked attack outside a Manhattan building over the weekend.

Brandon Elliot, 38, is charged with assault as a hate crime, the NY Daily News reported.

Authorities arrested Elliot early Wednesday morning at the Four Points by Sheraton, a hotel-turned-homeless-shelter on W. 40th Street.

Concerned citizens phoned in tips to a Crime Stoppers hotline after watching the shocking video.

According to the NYPD, Elliot is a parolee who murdered his own mother.

At age 19, Elliot fatally stabbed his mother three times in the chest in front of his then 5-year-old sister. A jury convicted Elliot of murder and sentenced him to 15 years to life in prison.

Elliot was released on parole last year. Police say he is the brute seen in a viral video kicking and stomping the elderly woman outside a luxury Manhattan building.

He reportedly assaulted the woman as she walked through Hell's Kitchen on her way to church around 11:40 a.m. Monday.

In the video, Brandon Elliot kicked the woman in her abdomen and knocked her to the ground.

The shocking assault went viral on the internet, sparking outrage around the world.

Workers who watched the attack from inside the building were suspended from their jobs on Monday.

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Viral video circulating on social media shows two female patrons narrowly escape death as gunmen shot up an Ohio nightclub.

The viral video shows bullets strike a wall near where two maskless women were dancing. Distinct popping sounds can be heard over the loud rap music.

"Oh my god! Oh my god!" said one of the women who was live-streaming the event on Instagram.com (watch the video below).

The shooting took place around 3 a.m. on Sunday at The Spot Night Club, Cleveland Police said in a statement.

Police told 19 News that preliminary investigation shows several gunmen fired rounds inside inside the club. Seven people were wounded by gunfire. Miraculously, no one was killed.

The victims are four men and three women, all between 20 and 30 years old, police said.

All of the victims were treated at MetroHealth and released, police said.

None of the suspects were identified and no arrests have been made, Cleveland.com reported.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.