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Teen walking on Atlanta street shot to death after telling female friend to run

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A teenager was shot multiple times and left to die after he told his female companion to run from the group of men who suddenly approached them Monday night as they were walking in southwest Atlanta. And police said the shooting stem from an earlier argument the man had with the suspects.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 19-year-old Tabarias Sheets, of Atlanta. An autopsy on him is expected to be done sometime Tuesday, they said.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. at 1456 Venetian Drive near Campbellton Road, according to Atlanta police. Officers responded to the location after getting a report of shots fired, police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said. When the officers arrived, the victim was already dead from apparent gunshot wounds, Jones said. They secured the scene and notified the department’s homicide unit, she said.

Investigators told Channel 2 Action News that Sheets had gotten into an argument with the group of men sometime Monday, but they did not say what the argument was about, according to media reports.

Later when he and an unidentified woman were walking down the street, the group approached the victim and shot him in the leg, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The victim told the woman to run, and as she did, the men shot him several more times, according to media reports. Police did not say how many times the man was shot or how many weapons were used.

“We don’t believe it is a random act,” Atlanta police Capt. Paul Guerrucci told Channel 2 Action News. “We do believe that the parties knew each other.”