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Police ID man killed in SW Atlanta shooting


ATLANTA – Authorities have identified a man killed in broad daylight in southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner Confirms 23-year-old Stephen Murphy was the man shot and killed on Garibaldi Street around 6 p.m.

Police believe Murphy was targeted, and that several people may have witnessed the shooting.

Anyone who knows anything about these shootings are asked to call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.


Man shot to death inside van in Fulton County


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are working to find the gunman in a deadly shooting early Sunday in Fulton County.

Officers were called to Waycrest Drive, where they found a man dead. Police tell us he had been sitting in a van parked on the street when he got into an argument with another man inside the van.

The shooter fired shots inside the van and ran away.

Police are working with witnesses to get a description of the shooter.


Man transported to hospital after inhaling sulfuric acid


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Atlanta Fire crews were on the scene of a hazardous materials accident on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, where a man inhaled sulfuric acid.

It happened at 841 Lowery Boulevard. Officials said there was no evacuation at the location, but no one was being allowed into the building while decontamination crews were working on the scene.

Janet Ward with the Atlanta Fire Department said the victim was taken from the building by rescue crews and transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Downtown Atlanta for treatment.

Man killed in overnight motorcycle crash


ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are investigating a motorcycle accident that killed one man in southwest Atlanta.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim as 46-year-old Alfred Perdue of Atlanta. Police said Perdue was one of four riders travelling along Benjamin E. Mays Drive overnight. Police say three of the bikers turned around after they noticed Perdue was no longer with them.

According to police, Perdue lost control of his vehicle as he was rounding a corner; he slammed into a pole and was thrown from the bike.

Mother speaks about crash at church


ATLANTA -- The mother of two children injured in a hit-and-run crash at an Atlanta church is speaking for the first time about the ordeal.

On June 15, police said a car traveling at a high rate of speed down Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW. left the road and struck two children sitting on a stairway at a church.

"It was a terrifying, free falling type of feeling that I had in my stomach," said Melody Heard.

Heard described the moment she saw that car speeding towards her children.

"My heart fluttered, I don't know if it stopped skipped a beat or if it did that all at the same time, and when I turned by head it was like in slow motion," Heard said.

Marijuana grow house found in SW Atlanta


ATLANTA -- Police say they discovered a marijuana grow house in southwest Atlanta on Thursday.

Investigators were called to a home at 3401 Landings South Drive on a domestic call. Once there, police found 25 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, a pound of processed marijuana and 10 ounces of THC oil.

One person, Darius Holt-Mitchell, was taken into custody. He is facing a battery charge related to the domestic incident. Other drug-related charges are pending.

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State closes New Beginning daycare center


ATLANTA -- A southwest Atlanta daycare center received an order for emergency closure Wednesday morning.

A New Beginning Learning Center II will remain closed for up to 21 days, according to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

The state began investigating New Beginning last week after a daycare van driver allegedly left a 2-year-old boy in the back of the vehicle. The driver, 29-year-old Shavonda Dailey, was charged with reckless conduct and cruelty to children.

DECAL issued an order to close the center last week. The center appealed, but the judge denied that appeal on Wednesday.

"In this case, DECAL has proved, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the safety and welfare of children at the facility are in imminent danger ... and that emergency closure is warranted," DECAL wrote in its findings.