Shooting Outside of Daycare Near Atlanta

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Police are investigating a shooting that happened near a daycare in the city of Decatur, Georgia. Decatur is a suburb of Atlanta in DeKalb County.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning, August 15. At least one person was shot and rushed to a nearby hospital. WSB-TV spoke with DeKalb County police on scene, who confirmed that the victim was stable. There were no other reported injuries.

According to, the victim ran into the daycare center parking lot after being shot, looking for help. DeKalb County police spokesperson Shiera Campbell says the victim was riding in a white vehicle on Columbia Drive, when a black vehicle pulled up behind it. Campbell says the shooter got out of the black vehicle, and fired a shot into the victim’s vehicle. The victim was hit in the arm.

Police do not yet know if the shooter and the victim knew each other. No other information about the shooter was immediately available.

The Candy Cane Learning Center and three nearby schools- Columbia High School, Columbia Elementary and Snapfinger Elementary schools- were initially put on lockdown. But according to Lauren Pozen of WSB-TV, who was sharing updates from the scene, those lockdowns were quickly lifted.

Police blocked two streets near the daycare around 8:30 a.m. But by 9 a.m, they had reopened those roads and removed the crime scene tape.

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