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Two 15-year-olds have been arrested and charged with shooting a security guard at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta.

The shooting occurred outside the Apple store near the mall entrance at 3393 Peachtree Road around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Cellphone video shows two armed suspects wearing all black and face masks attempting to rob a male guard in his 40s.

The guard appeared to be luring the two suspects away from the Apple store toward the parking lot when they opened fire.

According to 11 Alive News, the guard is hospitalized in critical condition with at least two gunshot wounds.

After the shooting, police combed the area and located the two suspects at the nearby Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel. Police say the suspects, a boy and a girl, were arrested at the scene.

The suspects are charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm, and a laundry list of other charges.

Police recovered two firearms that may have been used in the shooting.

Atlanta is crippled by an unprecedented crime wave after out of towners burned and looted Atlanta during the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

Lenox Mall has been the scene of multiple shootings and incidences of violence since last year.

The Simon Property is located across the street from upscale Phipps Plaza, also a Simon Property. The company installed metal detectors at the entrances of both malls.

The response to the crime wave has been weakened by the lack of law enforcement as many police officers turned in their badges following last year's riots.

As a result of the criticism, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced her decision not to seek reelection.

According to sources within the mayor's office, she is moving to another state to accept a lucrative position in the private sector.
 

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Former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has officially entered Atlanta's mayoral race for a historic third term.

Reed, who left the mayor's office under suspicion of corruption in 2017, is running again after serving as mayor for eight years.

He is pictured with Atlanta's current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a photo dated October 4, 2017.

AJC.com reports Reed filed paperwork Tuesday night forming a committee that will allow him to begin accepting campaign donations for the 2021 mayor's race.

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Reed, who turns 52 on Thursday, will celebrate his birthday with a party that will double as a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser.

Speculation swirled that Reed would run for a third term after embattled Atlanta Mayor Bottoms announced she couldn't take the pressure anymore and would not run for reelection.

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Bottoms' announcement was historic -- the first time since Mayor Maynard Jackson that an incumbent mayor chose to not seek reelection.

Reed becomes the first mayor since Jackson to run for a third term.

Reed's second term was marred by a federal corruption investigation into several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. Reed’s chief financial officer is currently under indictment for fraud and weapons charges.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not seek re-election this fall. The first-term Democrat made the announcement in a letter posted on Twitter.com late Thursday.

In her letter, Bottoms thanked her supporters and highlighted her accomplishments since winning the election in 2017.

Bottoms said she and her husband "have given thoughtful prayer and consideration" and decided not to seek another term.

Bottoms was the 60th mayor of Atlanta and the 2nd Black woman to serve as mayor of Atlanta.

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The news comes hours after Bottoms defended her decision to terminate Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot last June.

Bottoms said she fired Rolfe to prevent riots in Atlanta in the wake of other high-profile police shootings last summer.

But the city burned anyway and an innocent child was shot dead during the riots.

The Atlanta Civil Service Board reinstated Rolfe with back pay this week. The board cited the city's failure to follow proper protocols in terminating Rolfe without due process.

Rolfe is still on administrative leave until murder charges in Brooks' case are dropped.

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Garrett Rolfe, the fired officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta last year, has been reinstated to the police force with back pay.

Rolfe was reinstated by the Atlanta Civil Service Board, 11 Alive News reported. The board released its decision Wednesday stating:

"Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process. Therefore, the Board GRANTS the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD."

Brooks was gunned down by Rolfe in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police on the night of June 12, 2020.

Brooks wrestled a taser away from Rolfe during the ensuing scuffle. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at Rolfe who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

Brooks, 27, died from 3 gunshot wounds to the back. His death was ruled a homicide by the Fulton County Coroner's Office. Rolfe was fired after officials determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

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The shooting sparked riots and civil unrest in Atlanta and prompted calls by local Black Lives Matter activists to defund the police.

When Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined the protests to defund the police, APD officers called out sick and refused to respond to non-violent calls.

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Mayor Bottoms further heightened tensions between city hall and the police union by attending Brooks' star-studded funeral. She is pictured embracing Tomika Miller, mother of 3 of Brooks' children.

Rolfe appealed his termination last year. He received donations from a fund created by conservative activist Candace Owens.

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Rapper YFN Lucci is among dozens of Bloods gang members named in a 75-page, 106-count racketeering indictment.

The indictment targeted leadership of the local faction of the notorious Bloods street gang, WSB-TV reports.

YFN Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, was charged in connection with a murder that occurred in Atlanta last year. He was arrested on January 13, 2021 after turning himself in to police. He is currently out of jail on $500,000 bond.

"This indictment is unprecedented. Period. In Georgia," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told Channel 2 Investigative reporter Mark Winne in an exclusive interview.

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Lucci's lawyer, Drew Findling, insisted his client is not a gang member.

"What he is is an internationally recognized musical artist that is a triple platinum winner, that has performed all over the United States and all over the world," Findling said.

However, Atlanta officials are not impressed by Lucci's rap career.

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"I think that [the indictment] sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city," said Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Bryant as the permanent police chief to lead Atlanta out of a deadly Covid crime wave.

Bottoms made the announcement during a press conference this morning to discuss Sunday's fatal shooting of 15-year-old Diamond Johnson.

An emotional Mayor Bottoms said she wished she could "wave a wand or make a speech" to make the crime wave stop.

"For the third time as mayor, I am standing here to talk about a bullet that took the life of a child in our city," Bottoms said.
 

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A 15-year-old girl is among 2 dead and 22 wounded in shootings around the Atlanta area over the weekend.

Diamond Johnson, 15, was fatally shot when she got into a fistfight with two groups of teenagers outside the Waffle House in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza on Saturday night.

About three hours later, 22-year-old Antonio Sykes was killed during a shooting outside Artisans Bar and Gallery on Peachtree Street.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning, May 4 at 10 a.m EST, to discuss Atlanta's deadly crime wave.

Atlanta has seen a 60% rise in homicides from last year when gang bangers moved to the wide open city from locked down blue areas.

"Just as we have overcome challenges in the past, Atlanta will get to the other side of this COVID crime wave and we will get this violence under control," Bottoms said during her state of the city address a few weeks ago.

Atlanta's spiking crime stats are a hindrance to Bottoms' reelection efforts this year.

Most recent crime stats show there have been 208 shootings and 40 homicides in Atlanta in 2021.

Atlanta's crime stats are on par with Chicago, Illinois -- earning Atlanta the nickname "Chiraq South."

Chiraq is a nickname for Chicago. It combines Chicago with Iraq, and is used to refer to a violent city that is similar to a war zone.

More Atlanta police officers have resigned in the last year than in years past. The lack of law enforcement presence on the streets has emboldened criminals to run amok.

"We are committed to putting an additional 250 new officers on the street during the next fiscal year," Bottoms said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of Diamond Johnson Saturday night. Callers can remain anonymous. 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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From a Press Release:

After having a fairytale wedding, newlyweds Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins (recording artist, entrepreneur & philanthropist) & Jeannie Mai-Jenkins (Emmy Award winning co-host of The Real) partnered with The Tony Robbins Foundation alongside Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation to gift over 500 bicycles to children and young adults in Atlanta.

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Taking place at the historic Clark Atlanta University, the giveaway was preceded by a rally which included motivational speeches from Jeezy as well as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms (pictured right with Jeannie and Jeezy).

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Giving back to the community that raised Jeezy has always been a priority to him and the choice to give away bicycles was a personal one. "The only time I felt free was when I was in motion. That’s your chance to see where you want to go in life because if you stay still, that’s where you'll stay." Jeezy continues "If you’ve got a vision you can achieve it, just like you can ride from one street to the next, you can do that with life, too!"

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In addition to Keisha Lance-Bottoms, the community giveaway was also attended by President of CAU Dr. George French, Hank Stewart, Senator Tonya Anderson, Bernice King, Karyn Greer, Xernona Clayton, City Councilmen Andre Dickens, Ambassador Andrew Young and more.

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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed outrage following a shooting spree at three Asian massage parlors that left 8 people dead, including six Asian women, and 1 wounded on Tuesday.

"A motive is still not clear, but a crime against any community is a crime against us all," she said in a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I have remained in close contact with the White House and APD as they work with federal, state and local partners to investigate the suspect who is responsible for this senseless violence in our city."

She also thanked law enforcement for capturing the suspect swiftly.

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Police say Woodstock resident Robert Aaron Long, 21, went on a shooting rampage beginning at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Acworth, northwest of Atlanta, where he shot five people, killing four at Young's Asian Massage Parlor.

He then drove 30 minutes to Atlanta, where he killed four people at two massage parlors on busy Piedmont Road near the intersection with Cheshire Bridge Road.

The deceased victims are six Asian women, a white woman and a white man. A Hispanic man survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Long was captured about 3 hours later in Crisp County, Georgia, when a Georgia State Trooper spotted his SUV and performed a PIT maneuver, causing his vehicle to spin out on I-75, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

He was taken into custody without incident and charged with multiple counts of murder.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms expressed concerns about the NBA All-Star game coming to Atlanta.

The 2021 All-Star game is scheduled to take place on March 7 in Atlanta. But Mayor Bottoms has concerns about out-of-towners coming to a city already struggling with high crime.

Atlanta was wide open when other Democratic cities were locked down tight during the Covid-19 outbreak.

While other cities shut down businesses and nightclub venues, clubs in Atlanta are packed with maskless patrons every night.

Atlanta is battling a violent crime wave that shows no sign of slowing down. Out-of-towners are responsible for the spike in crime.

"I'm open to suggestions," Bottoms said after a 7-year-old girl was shot outside an upscale shopping mall in affluent Buckhead.

A woman was shot in a movie theater after she shushed two patrons in January. Camryn King, 20, and Yvonne Crawford, 22, were arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday, Feb. 17. They will be extradited from Indiana to face trial.

The victim, who had been shot in the shoulder, was treated for non life-threatening injuries and released from a hospital.

Mayor Bottoms is concerned that the All-Star game will attract even more criminals to her besieged city.

"Under normal circumstances, we'd be grateful for the opportunity to host the NBA All-Star game, but this isn’t a typical year," Mayor Bottoms tweeted. "I have shared my concerns related to public health and safety with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks. We are in agreement that this is a made-for-TV event only, and people should not travel to Atlanta to party."

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Atlanta's mayor reacted to the news that two officers who tased students during last summer's protests were unjustly terminated.

On Monday, the city's Civil Service Board ruled the dismissals of officers Ivory Streeter (pictured right) and Mark Gardner (not pictured) violated both Atlanta Police Department and city policies, according to 11 Alive News.

"Based upon the serious concerns of insufficient adherence to City code and procedures which culminated into a lack of due process, the Board upholds the Appeal of Ivory Streeter and revokes the City's dismissal of him from APD employment," the review from the board said. It reached the same decision in Gardner's appeal case.

Gardner and Streeter were fired following public uproar after they tased two students, Taniya Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who said they were simply driving away from the protests, when they asked police why one of their friends was arrested.

Police body cam video showed the officers tasing the students after dragging them from their car in May.

In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms defended the firing of the officers.

"While the Civil Service Board (CSB) has reversed the termination of the officers, given the unrest across our city and nation at the time, and the disturbing video footage before us, I still believe that the right decision was made," she said. "It is also important to note that the CSB did not say that the officers' conduct was lawful."

Meanwhile, attorney Mawuli Davis, who represents Messiah Young, said the family learned through the media that the officers' criminal case was sent from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to the Georgia Attorney General's Office.

In a statement Tuesday, Davis said:

"The family... was stunned and saddened to learn through the media that two of the officers involved in the attack have been reinstated to the Atlanta Police Department. In two consecutive weeks, they have experienced the pain of the justice system continuing to fail them as victims of police brutality."