Shooting at Atlanta MARTA Station: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

MARTA Police outside the Five Points Station in an undated photo. (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

MARTA Police outside the Five Points Station in an undated photo. (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

A man was wounded in a shooting at an Atlanta train station, but police say it was not an officer-involved shooting, despite reports from witnesses.

The shooting was first reported at about 4:30 p.m. by Twitter user @ChopRoss. Atlanta Police have not yet commented on the incident.

Atlanta Police told WXIA-TV, the local NBC affiliate, that officers tracked down the suspect in the shooting and have him in custody.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Witness, @ChopRoss, Posted a Photo From the Scene

The witness, who goes by @ChopRoss on Twitter, posted a photo from the scene showing two officers standing over a bloody man.

The Twitter user is a blogger for

But police denied his claim that the officers were involved in the shooting. Despite those denials, tweets about police shooting an unarmed black man in an Atlanta train station spread quickly on Twitter.

2. The Incident Happened at the Five Points MARTA Station

Police said the shooting happened at the Five Points MARTA station. Officers with MARTA’s department chased down the suspect and arrested him nearby.

3. A Local Reporter Says the Shooting Happened in the Underground

According to Max Blau, a reporter with Creative Loafing Atlanta, said the shooting happened in the Underground, a part of the rapid transit sytem.

4. The Victim Is in Critical Condition

Police said the victim was critically wounded in the shooting. He was taken to a local hospital.

5. Officers Swarmed the Scene & Shut Down the Entrances to the Station

Photos from the scene show dozens of officers from both the Atlanta and MARTA departments. The train station was shut down in the area of the shooting.