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This is what we know about the four students shot near Atlanta University Center library

The students were caught in the crossfire, investigators believe.

ATLANTA — Four students were shot near the Robert W. Woodruff Library near the Clark Atlanta University campus Tuesday night, according to Atlanta police. 

This is what we know. 

  • When. It happened Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. during a campus block party. 
  • What. Police said the shooter(s) opened fire into a crowd of 200 people. Four students were shot. Police found three women suffering from gunshot wounds and they were taken to the hospital. The fourth woman showed up to the hospital with a gunshot wound, police said. 
  • Cause. Investigators believe the students were caught in the crossfire as two separate groups targeted each other. Police said initial investigation revealed that an argument broke out between two parties prior to the shooting. However, police are still investigating why the groups may have been targeting each other.
  • Four Victims identified. Police have identified the victims in the shooting, who they say were not targeted. Erin Ennis, 18, of Powder Springs, Maia Williams-McLaren, 18, of Boston, Elyse Spencer, 18, of Rochester, New York and Kia Thomas, 19.
  • Suspect sought. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon, but police released a video showing a man who they believe was involved in the shooting.

READ: 4 students shot near Clark Atlanta University library

  • Latest condition. All of the victims were taken to Grady Hospital alert and breathing. Police said they are in stable condition. 
  • School set to start. Classes were set to begin Wednesday, August 21. 
  • Watch. In one video, people are seen running away after hearing the gunshots. 
  • Witness. One witness, who said he is on the football team at Clark, said they were playing a video game in their home when they heard the gunshots. He said it was shocking that it was actually on campus.
  • Crime stats. According to APD's crime mapping website, over the past six months near the campuses of the Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman, there have been 41 assaults, 23 aggravated assaults, and no homicides. This does not include any crimes recorded by the college or university police officers. 


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