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|Three teens shot in apparent fight after Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 17 June 2011 11:15|
Three teen males were treated for gunshot wounds last night after an apparent fight broke out after the showing of “16 Candles” at Piedmont Park as part of the summer’s Screen on the Green.
A press release today from the Atlanta Police Department says Zone 5 officers responded to a call right before 11 p.m. of a person shot at the corner of 10th Street and Crescent Avenue. The victim, 18, had a gunshot wound to his lower left leg and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.
A second victim, 17, showed up after 11 p.m. at Southern Regional Hospital, with a gunshot wound to his upper right leg, states the press release. Then, later, a 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his right leg below the knee was reported at Grady Medical Hospital.
The three victims are in stable condition and their injuries are not life threatening, according to the APD.
Police have arrested Christopher Thornton, 18, after being found in possession of a handgun, according to APD.
“Preliminary investigation determined that witnesses reported two groups of black males fighting with each other at the intersection of Peachtree and 10th streets after leaving the Screen on the Green event,” said APD spokesperson Carlos Campos in a statement.
“We have not been able to corroborate accounts of whether participants in the incident attended the event, however. The matter has been turned over to investigators. It should be noted that there were no major incidents at the Screen on the Green event itself, or in Piedmont Park. Atlanta Police presence has been increased to ensure the safety of patrons at the event,” he added.
Reed also acknowledged that security would be a high priority for the series after a melee tainted last year's showing of “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.” The Atlanta Police Department, as well as private security, will monitor the crowd during the festival, Reed said.
Top photo: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed addresses reporters about the return of the popular summer outdoor film nights (by Ryan Watkins)
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