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Two female innocent bystanders, 1 man injured in suspected downtown Atlanta shootout

Police are unsure if the victims were the intended targets or were caught in the crossfire.
Credit: wxia

ATLANTA — Three people have been taken to the hospital after a shooting in a busy section of downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Police said they were called to the shooting near the intersection of Peachtree and Baker streets and not far from 300 Ted Turner Drive just before 8 p.m. on Saturday. 

They arrived to find two female victims with a gunshot wound to the back who they say were innocent bystanders that got caught in the crossfire. They then found a man with a gunshot wound who they believe may have been involved in an altercation that led to the shooting. 

All were described as "alert, conscious and breathing" when they were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Authorities initially said one male victim appeared to have known the shooter but haven't said what led up to it. They also haven't publicly identified the shooter or provided a description.

The circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation, police said.

The area where the shooting took place is a busy commercial district a few blocks east of Centennial Olympic Park. The area has several hotels and restaurants.