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Gunfire erupts at park injuring multiple people including 6-year-old, killing one

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Tanasia Kenney

The Charlotte Observer

Six people were shot, one fatally, after an argument escalated into gunfire during a baseball game at an Atlanta park over the weekend, according to authorities.

Officers were called to the Dunbar Neighborhood Center at Rosa L. Burney Park around 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, where they found multiple people shot, including a child, Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said at a news conference.

A baseball game was underway when authorities said a dispute occurred.

“And then next thing you know, there was an exchange of gunfire,” Hampton said.

A man in his 30s was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died, according to authorities. A 6-year-old child was also taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The remaining victims were listed in stable condition, Hampton said.

The incident is the latest in a spate of recent shootings across Atlanta. On Sunday, police said they responded to a second shooting less than a half-mile from the park, WXIA reported. Authorities gave few details but suspect the two incidents are related.

“As we’ve said countless times, we’re just asking the citizens just to find a way to resolve conflict without weapons,” Hampton said Sunday. “We’re just asking people to step away (and) … let bygones be bygones.”

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