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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shooting near Midtown music venue leaves one injured, involves off-duty APD officer

An off-duty Atlanta Police Department officer was involved in a shooting that occurred last night near West Peachtree St. and 17th St., outside of Center Stage.

Officer John Chafee, an APD spokesman, says that the off-duty officer was providing additional security for the Spoiled Milk concert series featuring Young Scooter, CyHi Da Prince, Trouble, and other indie hip-hop artists.

Around 11 p.m., police say that people started exiting Center Stage. The officer then "observed a suspect firing toward a group of people." In response, the officer confronted the suspect and fired shots in return. Not long after, the gunman hopped into a vehicle and fled the scene. The suspect remains at large.

30 minutes later, police say, a man arrived at Grady Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound in the leg. He says he was shot leaving the venue but police say it's not clear who shot him.

Center Stage management tells CL that he doesn't think the performance and the shooting are linked. A manager also notes that the venue shut down the concert about "halfway through the event," and added that the shooting happened in a parking lot across the street from the Midtown music venue.

The APD's report also says that another "altercation" occurred inside Center Stage, but haven't confirmed whether the fight was related to the shooting. The police will continue to investigate last night's incidents as well as search for the suspect. The APD has placed the officer involved in the shooting on routine administrative leave.

UPDATE, Thursday, Dec. 20, 3:50 p.m.: APD Spokesman Carlos Campos says that the victim of the gunshot wound is Quentin Acholes, a 19-year-old male.

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