Manhunt in Atlanta Following 188th U.S. Mass Shooting this Year

May 3, 2023

A manhunt was underway for a shooter after at least one person was killed and at least four others were injured in Atlanta.

It was the 188th mass shooting this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines the crime as four or more people killed or injured by gunfire. The year is 123 days old.

Atlanta Police posted surveillance photos of the gunman on Twitter, stating, “Suspect is still at large.”

“Officers are actively searching for the suspect and any other victims,” the police department added. 

Police further said they know who the shooter is—24-year-old Deion Patterson.

The mass shooting occurred at a Midtown Atlanta medical building. Annie Eaveson, a nearby resident, said an announcement was made over her apartment building intercom telling people to shelter in place.

“Waves of armored officers went inside [the crime scene building] in shifts almost,” she added. “You can see medical professionals huddled up in offices.”

The Atlanta mass shooting occurred less than 24 hours after police captured a Cleveland, Texas man who’d been on the run since Friday, accused of fatally shooting five of his neighbors.

Between the Cleveland, Texas incident and the Atlanta incident five days later, the United States has also experienced 15 other mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive. 

At the White House daily press briefing, spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre Wednesday said she would not speak directly to the incident in Atlanta as she did not have enough information to do so. However, she added, “Is the President frustrated about what we are seeing in our communities and our schools and our churches in this epidemic that we’ve seen, this gun violence epidemic? Yes, of course, he’s frustrated.”

PHOTO: @Atlanta_Police

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