ATLANTA — Atlanta Police confirmed, Tuesday, that investigators found no evidence to classify a shooting during Black Gay Pride Weekend as a "bias crime."
On Sept. 3, a shooting took place at Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway inside 1050 Social Club. Atlanta Police said there were allegations from witnesses that anti-LGBTQ slurs were used and that they initiated an investigation into that aspect of the crime.
Antonio Lonnell Starks was arrested on Oct. 25 and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Police said they determined that Starks was employed by the club in some security capacity and the shooting was a result of a fight that started inside the club.
"Our investigators consulted with the FBI and our LGBT liaison and determined this case did not meet the criteria to be classified as a bias crime," Atlanta Police investigator James H. White III said.