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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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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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A Baltimore activist has proposed a novel solution to the city's skyrocketing murder rate -- paying gang members not to kill each other.

"I can relate to the shooters, guess what they want? They want money," Tyree Moorehead told FOX 45 of Baltimore.

Moorehead speaks from a unique perspective: he spent more than a decade in prison on a second-degree murder conviction at age 15.

Moorehead said he speaks with gang members and he believes he knows what will motivate them to put down their weapons: money.

"I've talked to these people, I've seen the shooters, it's a small city, I know who the hustlers are," he said.

In 2020, Baltimore recorded over 300 homicides for the sixth year in a row, Fox News reported.

The crime rate continued to rise despite the city's lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus in 2020.

Former Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said he doesn't believe paying criminals more money than the city pays police officers will have an effect on the crime rate.

He said more money in the hands of criminals would only make it easier for them to acquire firearms.

"It could make it easier for people to get their hands on guns because they now have an influx of a different level of cash," Smith told FOX 45.

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The Harlem community came out in support of a 31-year-old woman who was attacked by a group of men after she rejected one of them.

Hundreds of people protested outside the liquor store where the woman was attacked.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was walking home from work around 6 p.m. when she stopped at a liquor store for a bottle of wine.

Inside the store on 128th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, she was accosted by a group of men who offered to buy the wine for her.

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The woman said the man in the red parka (pictured above) asked if he could buy her bottle of wine for her, but she politely declined.

After she left the store the men chased her across the street and kicked her -- and the man in the red parka bit her face above her eye. They also stole her phone and the bottle of wine.

“No matter how much I asked, you know, I'm trying to get [home] to my daughter, please leave me alone. I said 'I'll call the cops' -- he didn’t care about that. He had one thing on his mind and that was to attack me. That's what he wanted to do."

"I couldn't believe it, it was like an animal. That's the only way I can put it, it was like an animal," she said in an interview. "I just remember screaming to the top of my lungs, I just kept saying 'He's biting me! He's biting me!' He bit through my eyebrow and then he continued to just, he kept opening his mouth to try to like re-grasp."

Her injuries required stitches and she still has bruises from the encounter.

"I was mauled, this is more than being bitten. I was mauled - that he didn't just bite me and like that was it. This was a recurring action that he did on my face as if he was trying to literally take my eye. That's what it felt like," she told ABC7.

"I will never forget that look in his eyes and it's just being that close to me in my face, and just trying to do that like it's feeling him biting on me and just his breath on me and just the scent of his clothes. He really just needs to be caught, all of them, because I didn't deserve this, I was minding my business."

Her attackers are still at large.
 

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Rappers DaBaby and 42 Dugg have offered to pay bail money for a Missouri woman after she fatally shot a man who allegedly killed her 16-year-old brother.

Tityana Coppage, 21, was arrested after shooting 36-year-old Keith Lars multiple times in a Kansas City parking lot on January 13.

Her brother, Jayson Ugwuh Jr. was shot and killed as he walked home with two friends on January 10.

The family believes Lars killed him, but he was never charged with Jayson's murder.

Coppage, who is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, is being held on $200,000 bail at the Jackson County Detention Center. The rappers will have to pay 10% of the bail -- $20,000 -- to free her.

Detroit rapper 42 Dugg wrote on Instagram: "I got 20 thousand if they can get her out on ten percent tell her people get with me."

DaBaby shared Dugg's post, saying he will match the money Dugg pays for the bond.

Coppage's story went viral on Wednesday, with many social media users offering their support and sympathy.

Coppage told police she accidentally shot Lars when he stepped in the way as she was shooting at the occupant(s) of a black SUV in a parking lot.

But police found text messages on her phone that conflicts with her story.

Coppage requested more .45 caliber bullets in a text sent to someone she referred to as "Auntie": "Lol I used to many on bro [sic]."

A text was also sent to her dead brother's cell phone: "sent a Ni**a to my brother I owe em that body [sic]."

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A Missouri woman tracked down her teenage brother's killer, murdered him, then sent her dead brother a text message saying she avenged his death.

Prosecutors say Tityana Coppage, 21, fatally shot 36-year-old Keith Lars in a Kansas City parking lot on January 13.

Coppage is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. She is being held on $200,000 bail.

Police found Lars dead in the back of a grey Toyota near Virginia Avenue and Admiral Boulevard.

Coppage believed Lars was responsible for the murder of her 16-year-old brother, Jayson Ugwuh JR., according to Fox 4 News. Ugwuh was killed while walking home with two friends on January 10.

Police collected 23 spent shell casings from two different guns in the area.

Coppage told police that she met Lars in the area of Independence Avenue and Benton Boulevard and followed him to a nearby parking lot.

When they arrived, a black SUV pulled into the lot and parked, but no one exited the vehicle.

She claimed that Lars started shooting at the SUV and that she was also going to shoot at the SUV, but Lars told her to remain in her car.

She said she fired her weapon out of her passenger window and Lars "got in the way" of the gunfire.

Police reviewed Coppage's cell phone and discovered text messages sent to someone she referred to as "Auntie" after the shooting.

Coppage requested more bullets and wrote: "Lol I used to many on bro [sic]."

A text was also sent to her dead brother's cell phone: "sent a Ni**a to my brother I owe em that body [sic]."

Coppage's nine-year-old brother Jayden Ugwuh along with their 8-year-old cousin Montell Ross were killed in 2016 when someone fired more than 20 shots into the family home.

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In the above screenshot, tears roll down Jayson's face as he talked about the deaths of his little brother and cousin in 2016.

Jayson, who was 12 at the time, was asleep in his room when his little brother was struck by a stray bullet.

Jayson Ugwuh Sr., the boys' father, said little Jayden "Didn't even cry, just got hit and ran and laid up under his big brother, you know. Like he knew exactly where to go for comfort."

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Rapper YFN Lucci (left) made his first court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 14, where he was denied bond.

Lucci appeared via CCTV video from the jail. He wore a black face covering during the court proceeding.

Lucci's lawyer told the judge that his client had the charges read to him, which include felony murder, aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Lucci to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old James Adams (pictured right). Adams was a former member of Lucci's crew.

Lucci -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- was identified as the driver of a white SUV seen by witnesses before the victim was shoved out of the moving vehicle.

His lawyer argued against the aggravated assault charges, saying "[Lucci's] proximity in a vehicle to someone with a gun is not what establishes aggravated assault."

However, the judge responded, saying Lucci -- being the driver of the SUV -- "allowed the occupants of the vehicle to actually get out of the vehicle, firing multiple rounds and driving off with those weapons."

The judge determined that the circumstances of his involvement warranted aggravated assault charges, and she denied bond for the rapper.

The 29-year-old father-of-2 turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.

Lucci was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail on Thursday, just hours after dropping a music video for his new song "Rolled On" on his social media pages.

Two suspects, Ra'von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, were also arrested following the shootout on December 10, which left another man wounded.

In a frantic 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Lucci arrest, a woman describes a man clinging to a moving SUV before he was shoved out of the SUV and left for dead in a roadway.

TMZ obtained audio of the 911 call a woman made in Atlanta last month when she saw a white SUV speeding by "with a man hanging out of the car." She says she eventually saw the man thrown out of the car onto the street.

The witness told the operator the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and the man was "still trying to fight for his life."

She remained on the scene while waiting for the ambulance, standing near the victim -- and said he was "taking his last breath" and he died moments later.

The Atlanta Police Department offered a $5k award for information leading to Lucci's arrest and indictment.
 

 

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Rapper YFN Lucci has surrendered to police. The 29-year-old father-of-2 -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.

Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Bennett to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old local man James Adams last month.

He was wanted on suspicion of murder, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity.

According to local reports, Bennett was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail just hours after dropping a music video for his new song "Rolled On" on his social media pages.

Two suspects, Ra'von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, were also arrested following the shootout on December 10, which also left another man wounded.

In a "disturbing" 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Bennett's arrest, a woman describes a man clinging to a moving SUV before he was shoved out of the SUV and left for dead in a roadway.

TMZ obtained audio of the frantic 911 call a woman made in Atlanta last month when she saw a white SUV speeding by "with a man hanging out of the car." She says she eventually saw the man thrown out of the car onto the street.

The witness told the operator the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and she desperately tried to get an ambulance to the location because the man was "still trying to fight for his life."

She remained on the scene while waiting for the ambulance, standing near the victim -- and said he was "taking his last breath" and he died moments later.

The Atlanta Police Department offered a $5k award for information leading to Bennett's arrest and indictment.
 

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Rapper YFN Lucci is wanted for murder following a shootout that resulted in the death of 28-year-old James Adams in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the shootout occurred on December 10 in the 900 block of Dimmock Street.

Adams later died from a gunshot wound to the head. A second man was shot and stumbled to Fire Station 14. He survived his injuries.

Officers collected multiple spent shell casings at the scene of the shootout and at Fire Station 14.

Two other men, Ra'Von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, are in custody for their alleged roles in the shootout. Both men are charged with murder, aggravated assault, participating in criminal street gang activity and weapons charges.

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Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, is best known for dating rapper Lil Wayne's only daughter, Reginae Carter, 22. Reginae recently reunited with the rapper after the couple broke up multiple times in 2019 and 2020.

After signing with Think It's A Game Entertainment in 2014, Lucci dropped a record titled "Key to the Streets" featuring rap trio Migos in 2016. A remix featured rappers Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for Lucci's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

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19 violent gang members were taken off the streets of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn this week as federal authorities unveiled two indictments Wednesday.

According to Patch.com, 19 members of the notorious 900 street gang were arrested and charged with at least 13 shootings and other acts of violence, including 2 murders.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the indictments in law enforcement's ongoing efforts to curb gang violence in the Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights neighborhoods.

"I'm confident this takedown of these gang members will make a difference to the people of Brooklyn, especially people who live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area and Crown Heights," Gonazalez said at a press conference. "Many of these defendants were charged with multiple acts of violence and shootings, so there's a multiplying impact toward peace when they are taken off the streets."

The defendants face 77 charges, including the fatal shootings of 22-year-old Tracey Washington and Tyler Felder last year.

Washington, a member of the rival Hoolie gang, ran a stolen credit car ring and believed he was meeting a girl to join the scheme.

He was shot before he could exit a cab on Dean Street in June, prosecutors say. According to the indictment, members of the 900 gang "catfished" Washington by posing as a girl on Instagram.

Three gang members -- Kaireil Haynie, Alexander Williams and Tysean Devonshire -- were charged in the murder case.

Williams and 21-year-old Wydeem Rudd are also charged in the fatal shooting of Felder, whom Rudd and Williams incorrectly blamed for the shooting of a 900 gang member.

Felder was shot six times, including once in the head, on Sept. 28.