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Argument over gambling ends with 1 dead, 4 injured in Atlanta shooting

Atlanta police are investigating a shooting in which one person was killed and four others injured.
Atlanta police are investigating a shooting in which one person was killed and four others injured.Stock Photo

A 27-year-old man was shot to death and four others injured in a shooting early Tuesday morning in northeast Atlanta. And police said it resulted from an argument over gambling.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased victim as Selemon A. Belai, of Atlanta. So far, police have not released the identities of any of the other victims.

The shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. at 240 Auburn Ave., according to Atlanta police. Around that time someone flagged down a patrol car near Auburn Avenue and Bell Street to ask for help, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said. Someone had been shot, the person told them.

The officers requested investigative assistance and responded to the location where they found four men shot, Officer Jones said. All of the victims were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where one of them, Belai, was pronounced dead, officials said.

The other three men were listed in stable condition at the hospital, she said.

Investigators later learned that a fifth man had walked to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand, Officer Jones said. Investigators believe he was also at the scene of the shooting on Auburn Avenue.

The scene was secured and processed for evidence and detectives interviewed the victims at Grady Hospital, Officer Jones said.

The motive appears to be an argument over gambling, she said. But who started the argument and just how many people were involved remained unknown late Tuesday.

Police also have not released any details on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.