Atlanta police are investigating a shooting that critically injured two adults and claimed the life of a 6-month-old boy.
The shooting occurred on Wednesday evening just after 8 p.m. at the Hills at Greenbriar apartment complex in Atlanta.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found three people suffering from gunshot wounds: a 23-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman, and a 6-month-old boy.
The three victims were taken to the hospital. The 27-year-old is currently stable, and the 23-year-old is in critical condition.
The 6-month-old boy, identified as Charles Watson, Jr. unfortunately died from his wound.
Investigators believe this was a targeted shooting in response to an incident that occurred at the apartment complex in May. Police did not specify what the incident was.
The Hills at Greenbriar, formerly named, “The Life at Greenbriar,” is on the AJC’s “Dangerous Dwellings” list due to its frequent violent crime.
The police recorded 119 crimes at this complex from 2017-2022. Last year, in December, five kids were shot in a shootout and two, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Georgia law requires apartment complexes to take reasonable steps to protect their residents from crime,” says Atlanta lawyer, Bradley Pratt. “When repeated violent crimes occur at a complex, and the complex has failed to take steps to secure safety, the complex owner and manager might be legally responsible to the victims. It is unacceptable that The Hills at Greenbriar Apartments failed its residents so severely here. How many more children need to be shot before they take action that the law requires?”
Investigators are looking for two shooters who left in a light-colored Sudan.