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Man, 24, gets life for fatally shooting man as group mourned toddler's death

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A man opened fire at a gathering where many came to mourn the death of a toddler in southwest Atlanta. In the end one man was killed and a woman wounded as she attempted to flee the scene with her two children. The shooter was found later hiding in a closet, officials said.

SeQuan Williamson, 24, was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the double shooting, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. He was convicted of murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the 2013 shooting, spokeswoman Yvette Jones said.

That day 29-year-old Anthony Hollis was killed and a woman suffered minor injury, Jones said. But she did not release any details on what motivated the shooting, except that it resulted from an on-going dispute.

The shooting happened on July 16 at the Hagos Park apartments where several people had gathered in the parking lot of the apartment community for a cook-out following the funeral service for a toddler who had recently passed away, prosecutors said. Just as participants were beginning to take their seats for dinner, Williamson approached the victim and told him to leave the location, Jones said. It’s unclear if Hollis said anything in response, but Williamson pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots, striking him in the chest, she said.

A second woman who was standing near the victim with her two children was grazed by a bullet as she attempted to run away from the scene, Jones said. Williamson then fled the scene in a car with several other men, prosecutors said.

After he was identified in a photographic line-up as the shooter by several witnesses, Atlanta police officers found him hiding in the closet of one of the apartments where the shooting occurred, Jones said.