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Two shot outside shopping center in Fulton County: Man killed at park identified

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Two men were shot early Sunday morning after a fight outside a south Fulton County strip shopping center ended in gunfire.
So far police have not released the names of the victims and they have no suspect in the double shooting, which happened around 3 a.m. in the parking lot at 7490 Old National Hwy., according to Fulton County police.

Investigators said the two men got into an altercation with a third man in the parking lot when the third man opened fired. One man was shot in the neck and the other in the back, police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester said.

After the shooting, a witness ran to the Waffle House and contacted 911, Lester said. Both men were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they remained in stable condition late Sunday afternoon. It’s unclear what the three were arguing about and investigators are trying to determine if the men had been at either of the two nightclubs located in the shopping center.

Initial reports indicated a third person was wounded, but only the two have been confirmed to have been shot, Lester said.

Man, 63, Shot to Death at Park Identified

63-year-old man who was shot to death in bullet-riddled vehicle at a northwest Atlanta park has been identified. But police on Sunday still didn’t know who shot the man or why.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Willie Knighton, Sr., of Atlanta.

Knighton was was found shot to death inside a red Jeep Cherokee in front of the Collier Park recreation center at 3691 Collier Drive, according to Atlanta police. Officers arrived found the man around 9 a.m. Friday, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.
Investigators said the man was inside the vehicle when multiple shots were fired. At least five bullet holes could be seen in the front passenger-side door of the older-model Jeep Cherokee, and there was another bullet hole in the driver’s door of the vehicle, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lt. Charles Hampton said detectives had collected evidence, including multiple shell casings that suggest the shots were fired from outside the vehicle.

Jennifer Murray told the paper that she brings her 3-year-old son to the park almost daily.

“It was shocking,” Murray said. “This is a park where lots of kids come to play. It’s very disturbing.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477.

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