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Off-duty GSU officer shoots teen firing into crowd near Atlantic Station

The gunfire went off late Sunday night.

ATLANTA — The GBI is investigating a shooting at a popular Atlanta shopping district that hurt one teenager and involved an off-duty Georgia State University police officer, according to authorities.

The campus police chief said the officer was working a part-time job Sunday night at the entertainment complex when he and Atlantic Station security responded to a fight between young adults. 

GBI agents said just after 10 p.m. Sunday night two groups of people were arguing near the intersection of 17 St. and Market Streets. The teenage boy ran a short distance east on 17 St. when the teen and people from another group exchanged gunfire, according to a GBI news release.

GBI said the GSU officer found the teen actively firing shots at the group by the Wachovia building right outside of the dining complex. That's when the officer shot at the boy, authorities say.

Investigators said the GSU officer rendered aid to the young man until another officer stepped in. The young man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was stable, police say. Authorities said no one else was hurt in the incident.

Atlanta Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations were blocking off parts 17 St. NW. near the 17 St. bridge. The 17 Street exit from I-85 was also shut down but reopened by 9 a.m. Monday.

Atlantic Station released a statement regarding the police activity.

“We are aware of the incident that occurred late Sunday night on 17th Street. The safety and well-being of our community is our top priority and we are working with law enforcement as they investigate this matter," the statement read.

Atlantic Station was slated to open at 10 a.m. Monday morning. The entertainment complex has a 6 p.m. curfew for anyone under the age of 18.


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