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Bloody trail at gas station leads to body of woman inside apartment, Georgia police say

A woman was killed and a man seriously injured Friday morning in an Atlanta apartment complex shooting, authorities said.

Police responded to reports of an injured person at a gas station where they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a press release from the Atlanta Police Department. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

There, a bloody trail led the police to a nearby apartment where they found the body of a woman. She had also been shot.

Authorities said an unharmed infant was also found inside the unit, the statement said. The child is now in the care of the city’s Family and Children’s Services Division.

Police did not say if or how the victims knew each other. What led to the shooting also remains unclear.

The investigation comes as city leaders face increasing pressure to deal with increasing gun violence and other crimes that worry residents. Over the past month, Georgia’s capital has recorded more than 1,500 cases of violent crime, including rape, murder, robbery and aggravated assault, according to police data.

Homicides are up nearly 60% from a year ago, after “a historically murderous 2020 in which authorities investigated 157 homicide cases,” reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The spike in crime has become so severe that some residents of Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood are pushing for it to become its own city, WXIA reported.

“We need people to make smarter decisions,” an Atlanta Police spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Gun violence is not a political problem. It is not a Second Amendment issue and it is not a race issue. These are people who make terrible decisions with guns, mismanagement of anger, and that is deep neglect and disrespect for human life.

Police said the investigation into Friday’s shooting was ongoing.

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