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Falling trees leave unpleasant surprise for Atlanta family


ATLANTA -- Saturated grounds due to constant rain are partly to blame for numerous trees coming down in metro Atlanta in the last 24 hours threatening life and property.

11Alive traveled to southwest Atlanta where a single tree damaged a family's home and vehicle.

Woman shot at SW Atlanta apartment


ATLANTA -- An Atlanta woman is clinging to life after she was shot in her apartment Saturday afternoon.

The woman was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what lead up to this shooting.

Community groups "Occupy the Corners" in West End to stop the violence.


ATLANTA -- Friday night, dozens of people gathered in the West End of Atlanta to "occupy the corners" after a series of violent attacks on students and residents in the area.

Organizers said the demonstration is a way to connect the two groups and show power with solidarity.

2 killed in southwest Atlanta shooting


Students robbed at gunpoint, pepper sprayed outside library


ATLANTA -- Students are on edge about two separate attacks on a public street within the Clark Atlanta University campus. Both victims were pepper sprayed and one was robbed at gun point.

The attacks happened outside the Robert W. Woodruff Library which is used by students at several surrounding schools.

The attacks happened twice in less than a week. All the victims are female, and it may have been the same person behind the attacks.

"I wasn't really sure what was going on. There was a lot of commotion," Anessa Trask said.

Trask stumbled upon the victim of Saturday's attack just after someone pepper sprayed the student and stole her iPhone.

"She had her hands on her eyes. She was still wiping her eyes so I'm guessing it was still stinging," she said.

Monument for fallen APD officers missing


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A day after the third anniversary of the death of two Atlanta Police helicopter pilots, there are questions about what happened to a monument put up in their honor.

It has been gone for months and even the victim's families aren't sure what's happened.

Just last year, not far from where the helicopter crashed in southwest Atlanta, the city put in an installment that included a plaque on a metal pole to remember the officers. After a car crash that wiped out the sign, family members want to know where is it and why hasn't it been put back up.

“It feels like a lifetime ago, yet it feels like just yesterday,” said Terra Smiley, when speaking of her husband, Shawn.

Cause discovered for southwest Atlanta fire


ATLANTA -- Authorities have determined the cause of a fire that left a woman and child with burns in southwest Atlanta on Friday night.

Atlanta officials said, Saturday, that a candle in the bedroom is believed to be what started the fire at the home in the 400 block of Harlan Road.

The fire spread quickly but fire crews arrived on the scene to put it out.

However, one woman is said to have been severely burned on the hands and face.  A child also received a small first degree burn to her arm. Two other siblings escaped the blaze without injury.

The woman and the three children ages 7, 9 and 5 were the only people in the home, authorities said.