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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."
 

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Rapper Meek Mill (right) is speaking out about the escalating gang war on Atlanta's streets between factions led by rappers Quando Rondo and Lil Durk (pictured left).

Chicago rapper King Von, 26, was fatally shot by Rondo's crew member Timothy Leeks, 22, during a fistfight between Von and Rondo in Atlanta on Nov. 6.

Word on the street is Lil Durk's crew is gunning for Rondo, 21, who they believe is personally responsible for Von's death.

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Durk, 28, reportedly bought every table at a nightclub where Rondo (pictured) was scheduled to perform this week. The club promoter canceled the show.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Meek, who is friends with Lil Durk, urged other rappers to "pick a side" rather than commenting on Von's death.

Meek tweeted: "Pretty soon everybody gone have to pick a side .... too much real sh*t going on too be cool wit everybody! [sic]"

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Meek's message likely means more blood will be shed on Atlanta's pristine streets.

Hopefully, the mayor's office is monitoring the situation on social media before innocent lives are lost in Atlanta, which is now dubbed Chiraq South.
 

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The Internet reacted with outrage after someone leaked grisly photos of slain rapper King Von laying on an autopsy table.

Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was shot by a member of Savannah rapper Quando Rondo's crew during a fistfight outside a hookah lounge in downtown Atlanta early Friday.

The 26-year-old gangster-turned rapper later died during surgery at Grady Hospital. The pictures were likely taken after his body was taken to the morgue across the street from Grady Hospital, where autopsies are conducted.

The alleged autopsy images were originally uploaded to Instagram by user @fyndeeboyy who quickly deleted the pictures. But the graphic images circulating on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

It's tradition for Chicago gang members to post autopsy or open casket photos of deceased "opps" (opposition or gang rivals) to disrespect them even in death.

One King Von fan responded to the images circulating on Reddit.com:

"That sh*t is sick. Imagining [sic] people messing and taking pictures of your lifeless body when you die. If this happened to king von imagine how many pictures probably get taken and never get leaked."

Others were not so polite. Gang members affiliated with O-block, a notorious city block in Chicago, took to Instagram and TikTok to voice their anger and frustration over the photos (see below).

But that's not all they're mad about.

King Von's sister, Kayla B. clapped back at rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris he shared an Instagram post asking out-of-towners to kill each other on their own home turfs.

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T.I.'s post also sparked outrage among different Chicago gang factions -- some of whom have booked flights to Atlanta. Below is an alleged veiled threat to T.I.

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Hopefully, Atlanta's mayor's office is monitoring the situation on social media. Atlanta's streets are about to become a bloodbath.
 

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A shootout at Atlanta's Cheetah Lounge gentlemen's club sent patrons running for their lives in Midtown Atlanta over the weekend.

The strip club, located at 887 Spring Street, was the scene of a wild shootout just before the club closed at 2 a.m.

The video footage shows a Black male pointing a gun at someone off camera and shouting expletives. Two women with him attempt to deescalate the drama.

In a matter of seconds, the sound of gunshots sent club patrons ducking and running for their lives.

There are no reports of injuries.

Cheetah Lounge was the favored stomping grounds of the monied set because of the great customer service, the very cordial dancers, and the excellent food.

But due to a change in management over the years, the suited and booted professionals were replaced by a younger crowd of drug boys and rappers who started frequenting the club.

Security at Cheetah used to be top notch, but the club is under contract to be sold to a developer for $30 million and is set to be torn down to make way for commercial development.

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Frank Ski called in to Atlanta's V-103 morning show on Wednesday to confirm the news that he is moving on from the radio station.

Sandrarose.com broke the news late Tuesday that Ski, real name Frank Rodriguez, was leaving the morning show to host mornings at WHUR in D.C.

According to my credible source, Ski will return to the Atlanta market in 6 months after his non-compete clause ends. He will then host mornings at V-103 competitor Kiss 104.1.

Longtime Atlanta radio personality Art Terrell currently hosts the morning show at Kiss 104.1.

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Frank Ski is pictured with his wife, Dr. Patrice Basanta-Henry, and his sons (L-R) Blake Rodriguez, Franklin Rodriguez and Harrison Rodriguez at the 2019 Frank Ski Celebrity Wine Tasting & Live Auction at Republic Lounge on April 14, 2019 in Atlanta.

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Ski's V-103 morning show slot will be filled by Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, left with Drake at Atlanta's defunct Club Reign in 2013. Tigger currently hosts the 2-6 PM slot at V-103.

Tigger also called in to the morning show on Wednesday morning to confirm the news that he is taking over as morning show host on August 17.

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Lifestyle specialist and former Bad Boy Records exec Kenny Burns, pictured with singer Ella Mai, will fill Tigger's midday slot.

Longtime Atlanta radio personality Ramona Debreaux will take over for Tigger at midday.

V-103 station manager Rick Caffey had nothing but praise for Big Tigger, who previously hosted BET's 106 & Park.

"During his time with us at V-103, I have seen Big Tigger take over Atlanta as a premier talent and generous community activist who is connected to the people. We believe he will bring his high energy and creativity to mornings at the station," Caffey said in a statement.

"Just as important, we see Kenny Burns bringing his added years of experience, industry work, and current show success to the station, and we're excited to welcome him back."

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Rapper Lil Marlo is among 5 killed in Atlanta shootings over the weekend. Lil Marlo, real name Rudolph Johnson, was fatally shot on I-285 in downtown Atlanta late Saturday night.

Police said the shooting was a targeted hit. "At this time, investigators believe the victim was the intended target of the gunfire and they are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting."

According to TMZ, police respond to a call of a single-vehicle accident around 11:30 p.m. and found the 30-year-old rapper suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Lil Marlo signed to Quality Control Records in 2017. He is pictured with label co-founder Pee Thomas (right). The independent label's acts include Cardi B, Lil Baby, Trippie Redd, Migos, City Girls, and Lil Yachty.

Lil Yachty at Big Bank Black 'No Cap' Party at Gold Room

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Label mate Lil Yachty confirmed the rapper's death on Sunday. "We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother," he wrote on Instagram.

Marlo was among 5 people fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend. 11 people were wounded in separate shootings in the Atlanta area.

Lil Marlo's death follows a violent 4th of July weekend that left 5 people dead and more than two dozen wounded in Atlanta.

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Atlanta police released video of a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner on Saturday.

Video footage shows a Black male wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark jeans and carrying an AR-15 automatic rifle. The rifle is equipped with a tan bump stock and tan grip.

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"I'm confident that somebody knows the name of this man, and with a simple phone call an individual could earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta CrimeStoppers," Lieutenant Pete Malecki said on Tuesday.
 

Malecki said the suspect is one of three males wanted in connection with Secoriea's murder.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend on June 12 when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Southwest Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoriea's killer on Sunday night.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."
 

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31 people were shot and 5 killed in Atlanta over the weekend, including 8-year-old Secoreia Turner.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris thinks he knows who's responsible for the bloodshed on Atlanta's streets.

T.I. sparked controversy on Sunday with an Instagram post that seemed to suggest the Atlanta police were randomly shooting people and blaming Black Lives Matter activists.

The rapper, who fancies himself to be the modern day Malcolm X, posted a photo of an Atlanta police cruiser under the headline "4 killed, 22 people injured in 6 different shootings on 4th of July weekend, police say."

He captioned the post: "Think it's a game if u want to...."

The diminutive hip-hop star was criticized for his post. One IG usr wrote:

"Yeah it was the police that shot a 8yr old child... secoriea turner...man @troubleman31 get yo expoditously self out of here ...half them was caused by yo own people...cops may be killing yall and us other minorities( cause we havent been there).. but yo own kind is the reall kkk...blacks kills themselves off more than the kkk has every tried to in this current times." [sic]

 

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The reward for female arsonists who torched a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta has been increased to $20,000.

The restaurant was destroyed, leaving about a dozen Wendy's employees jobless.

Atlanta fire officials released images from a surveillance video that shows a woman, who appears to be Caucasian, wearing a black miniskirt with a purple cardigan wrapped around her waist.

The same woman was caught on cellphone video pouring an accelerant inside the Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was gunned down by a former Atlanta police officer on June 12.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Police are also searching for another Caucasian woman who was pictured holding a can of accelerant outside the Wendy's restaurant as it was fully engulfed in flames.

Caucasian firebugs have caused millions of dollars worth of damage to property during protests -- while blaming the property damage on Black Lives Matter protesters.
 

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Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an Atlanta police officer, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Brooks was gunned down in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police late Friday night.

The incident began when police responded to a report that a man was asleep in a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane. His car was blocking other cars in the drive-thru lane.

Police body cam video shows Brooks having a polite conversation with one of the officers. After failing a field sobriety test, he asked if he could park his car and walk to his sister's house a short distance away, but his request was denied.

Police attempted to cuff Brooks but he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.

Brooks was able to wrest a taser away from one of the cops and flee on foot. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at a pursuing officer who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

The officer who fired his weapon was fired on Saturday after officials viewed the boy cam footage and determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

His partner was assigned to desk duty while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

Protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday. But paid agitators in the crowd burned the restaurant to the ground overnight Sunday.

The Atlanta Police Dept. is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of a Caucasian woman who allegedly set the blaze that torched the restaurant.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement on Sunday:

"Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation.

Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement."

So far, no arrests have been made in the murder of Mr. Brooks.