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Man shot in drive-by, another pistol-whipped and robbed near recording studio

Atlanta police are investigating a drive-by that happened outside a recording studio Thursday morning.
Atlanta police are investigating a drive-by that happened outside a recording studio Thursday morning.
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One man was shot in the back a drive-by and another pistol-whipped Thursday morning outside a recording studio in northwest Atlanta. And police were still searching for the suspects and a motive hours later.

The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. near 800 Forest St., according to Atlanta police. A group of about six or seven people was leaving the studio when they saw a white Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows and no headlights coming down the street, police said.

The victims stated that the subjects exited the vehicle and began shooting, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said. About 10 shots were fired and one man was struck in the back, police said. Another man was struck several times with a firearm, Lyon said. So far, police have not released the names of the victims.

The second victim, who suffered a cut to his mouth after being struck in the face, also told police that his wallet was taken, Lyon said. Officers found him at a home in the 700 block of Berkeley Avenue, about a block away from the recording studio, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Investigators later found the shooting victim in a car on Northside Drive at Holmes Street, the paper reported. The vehicle appeared to have been hit while the man was attempting to make it to the hospital.

The shooting victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where police said he was "alert, conscious and breathing," Capt. Jack Snowden told the paper. The other victim was not hospitalized.

Investigators have recovered a handgun, Snowden said.

One neighbor of the recording studio said the disturbances have gone too far.

"It's not unusual for the only traffic in the neighborhood to be recording studio traffic," Andrew Crawford told the AJC. "We've had problems with noise, parties and litter. When people start shooting guns, it's time to get rid of it."