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Police arrest man suspected in fatal mass shooting at Atlanta medical center

2023-05-04T00:06:20Z

Heavily armed police remained on the scene after a gunman opened fire at a medical building in midtown Atlanta, killing a 39-year-old woman and wounding four others before carjacking a vehicle to flee, police said on Wednesday (May 3).

Police have arrested a man suspected of killing one woman and wounding four others on Wednesday in a shooting spree at a medical building in midtown Atlanta before carjacking a vehicle to flee the scene, authorities said.

The accused gunman, identified as 24-year-old Deion Patterson, a former U.S. Coast Guardsman, was taken into custody north of the city in suburban Cobb County, several hours after the 12:30 p.m. EDT shooting at Northside Medical, authorities said.

The arrest was announced on Twitter by Cobb County police.

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Deion Patterson, who Atlanta Police describe as the suspect in a lunchtime mass shooting at a medical building, poses in an undated photograph. Atlanta Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum delivers remarks next to Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens as they attend a press conference after reports of several casualties from a gunman in a downtown hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, May 3, 2023. REUTERS/Alyssa Pointer

A man who Atlanta Police describe as a shooting suspect stands inside a hospital, in a still image from surveillance video in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. May 3, 2023. Atlanta Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

Law enforcement officers stand after reports of several casualties from a gunman in a downtown hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. May 3, 2023. REUTERS/Alyssa Pointer

Atlanta Crime Scene Investigators carry out evidence from the crime scene following the shooting at Northside Medical, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. May 3, 2023. REUTERS/Alyssa Pointer
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