Atlanta police responded to a call of shots fired at Lenox Square in Buckhead at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, said Deputy Chief Timothy Peek. Dozens of officers arrived on the scene and were told by witnesses that a security guard had been shot, said Peek.
The victim, who has not been named, is a man in his 40s who was hit in his torso, Peek told reporters. Witnesses said two suspects approached him with a gun, but it is still not clear what led up to the incident.
Peek credited the department’s 2021 summer plan — their strategy for addressing violent crime, youth engagement and community policing during a season in which violent crime often spikes — with the quick apprehension of two suspects in the latest shooting.
Officers immediately got information from witnesses to determine where the suspects had fled. After conducting a grid search of the area, two suspects were found outside a Westin hotel, Peek said.
A 15-year-old male and 15-year-old female were arrested without incident, according to a police news release.
They are being charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The identities of the suspects are being withheld because they are juveniles, according to police.
The spike has stirred ongoing conversations in the wealthy Buckhead community about it becoming an independent city.
Some residents say that the community pays too much in taxes and doesn’t get the infrastructure and services it needs in return. But critics of a split warn that the consequences could be devastating.
And, critics add, the problems Buckhead is facing aren’t unique to the area and are shared by residents across Atlanta.
Asia Despatch’s Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.