Man detained after back to school event turned violent in Atlanta
One person is in custody for a firearms charge after a back to school event turned violent Saturday night.
A man was shot in the leg around 8:10 p.m. Saturday at Coan Park on Woodbine Avenue as an event called Zone 6 Day was ending.
Police said they detained Santonio Foster an outstanding warrant and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Foster has not been named as the shooter.
About 300 people were initially expected at the event, but the crowd swelled to more than 2,000. Police said they expected the larger group, and had already deployed additional manpower. Officers at the park requested additional units after the shooting occurred.
They found the 23-year-old victim in the park at the recreation center.
According to John Chafee of APD, police noticed a black Mustang leaving the area after they heard the shots. Right before they were able to conduct a traffic stop, a passenger got out of the vehicle. They are still trying to locate that person.
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