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Teenager Killed in Shooting at Atlanta Apartment Complex

By Zachary Stieber

Police officials said that a teenager was shot to death at an apartment complex in Atlanta, Georgia early Feb. 23.

The shooting took place at the Crystal Apartments in southwest Atlanta just before 5 a.m.

Officers told Fox 5 that the victim was 15 years old and was shot in the head. The teen was found in the passenger seat of a car in the complex’s parking lot.

Officers are searching for the driver of the car in addition to the shooting suspect. Police told WSB-TV that another group of people was believed to be involved in the shooting.

“There was potentially another vehicle involved or at least another group of people involved,” Atlanta police Lt. Andrea Webster said.

Multiple shell casings were found at the scene.

Parents who live at the apartment complex told WSB reporter Lauren Pozen that “shootings like this are the norm here,” Pozen reported.

The community is gated, noted Sophia Choi of WSB.

Crime Report

The FBI said that both violent crime and property crime decreased in 2017, the last year that full statistics are available for, compared to 2016. Overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, while property crime decreased 3 percent during that time, the agency said in September 2018, releasing data from the previous year.

“There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to UCR nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased by 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the FBI stated.

“The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes last year. Burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased by 2.2 percent. Motor vehicle thefts increased by 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.”

The figures were compiled from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies around the United States that submitted their crime data to the FBI.

Violent crime increased from 2015, the FBI said in 2017. “The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased for the second straight year, rising 4.1 percent in 2016 when compared with 2015 data, according to FBI figures released today,” said the FBI in September 2017.

In 2016, there were an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses increased by 8.6 percent when compared with estimates from 2015. Aggravated assault and rape (legacy definition) offenses increased 5.1 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively, and robbery increased 1.2 percent.