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Witness to fatal stabbing on MLK Drive follows suspect and shoots them, APD says

Police said victim in the stabbing died from his injuries.

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police are saying that two violent crime scenes on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive are related.

They tell 11Alive that one of the scenes is a shooting at an apartment building located at 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Just down the street at a gas station at 2716 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, officers said they are investigating a stabbing.

According to police, the situation initially unfolded at the gas station, where a man was stabbed after a physical altercation. He later died after being taken to the hospital due to his injuries.

Then, police said a witness at that gas station followed the stabbing suspect about a block down the road to an apartment building and confronted the individual.

Officers add that the suspect launched at the witness with a knife and that's when the witness shot the suspect multiple times.

Investigators said the suspect is now in custody at the hospital, meanwhile the witness is downtown talking with investigators.

As of right now, they said it is unclear if that person will face any charges.

"We just have to hear his story," explained APD Deputy Chief Charles Hampton. "Just from the account that we're hearing, right now preliminary, it may not look like he was doing the right thing. Obviously, we don't encourage anyone to get that involved. But, if circumstances are that the individual came at him with a weapon, he does have a right to defend himself."

Investigators said they are also working to figure out if the suspect was attempting to steal the victim's car.

They are asking anyone else who may have seen anything tied to the crime to give them a call.

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Police investigating a shooting at an apartment building on Martin Luther King Jr., Drive

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