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Cops: Suspect charged after opening fire on group, injuring two outside club

Mr. Preston Gates, 23, was charged in double shooting that happened outside a DeKalb County club, police said.
Mr. Preston Gates, 23, was charged in double shooting that happened outside a DeKalb County club, police said.
DeKalb County Jail

Two people were shot when a man opened fire on a group of people in the parking lot of a club in DeKalb County late Sunday night.

And police said they caught the suspect a short time later. But the motive for the shooting remained unclear Monday and it was also unclear if the two men shot were the intended targets.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. at 3086 Briarcliff Road, according to DeKalb County police.

Investigators said an argument broke out in the parking lot when a man pulled out a handgun and started shooting.

“He struck two victims in the legs,” police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said.

The suspect fled the scene, but a lookout was broadcasted for his vehicle, which uniformed officers stopped in Lithonia, Capt. Fore said.

Mr. Preston Gates, 23, was arrested without incident and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

The victims, a 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Capt. Fore said.

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