One person was killed and two others injured in a triple shooting early Friday morning in DeKalb County. So far, police have not identified the lone gunman or the motive for the crime.
The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased victim as Rayonte Weems, 23, of Lithonia. He was shot multiple times, officials said.
The shooting happened shortly after midnight on a side street near Deshon Road, according to DeKalb County police.
At 12:15 a.m., officers responded to DeKalb Medical Center-Hillandale after getting a report of three person shot, police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said. Officers arrived at the hospital to find two men and one woman wounded, Parish said.
All three: a 23-year-old man, a 27-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, were suffering from gunshot wounds, Parish said. Both men, who were shot multiple times, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where Weems died, officials said. The 27-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was in critical condition Friday, Parish said.
The unidentified woman received non-life threatening injury and was the one who drove the wounded men to the hospital, police said. She was transferred to Atlanta Medical Center, police said.
Investigators said the three were in a vehicle on a side street off South Deshon Road when they were flagged down by a man who approached the vehicle. The man got into an argument with the occupants of the vehicle and began firing shots into the vehicle, Parish said. The shooter then fled.
So far, police have not released any description of the suspect. And it was unclear if the three knew the shooter.