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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke out on Wednesday following a shooting in the city that killed two people, claiming that members of the public had responded to video taking at the scene rather than calling 911.

Bottoms also claimed that people were posting information about the crime on social media instead of alerting the city police.


“Just a reminder to the public to call 911,” Bottoms said. during a news conference. “We started getting phone calls, but social media did get the information, and we have received more information than we received through our 911 center. So we need to be able to respond and evaluate appropriately. “We just ask if you can put down your camera, put down your phone, call 911 and then let us do what we do.”

Atlanta woman and killer dies after luxury apartment shooting

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Bottoms, a Democrat who has said she does not want re-election, posted a Twitter message urging the public to share their videos and other information about the case with police.

It was the latest incident in which apparently witnesses were more inclined to take out their phones and record an incident, rather than alert the authorities to a crime.

Last week in the Philadelphia area, videos on a SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) train allegedly became video viewers instead of interfering with the alleged rape of a fellow passenger by an illegal immigrant or asking police for help.

The alleged crime was not stopped until a transit officer intervened. The Pennsylvania case, in which the train reportedly traveled 27 stops before the suspect was arrested, made national headlines.

high rise gun battle

In the Atlanta incident on Wednesday, a man killed a woman inside a luxury apartment building in the city’s Midtown area at around 3:30 a.m., Granthshala 5 of Atlanta reported. The gunman later died in a shootout with the police.

According to the station report, the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Jarvis Jarrett, opened fire at retaliatory police officers from a balcony on the 21st floor of the building, and continued firing in and out of the building as he reached the balcony. jumped from the balcony.

According to Granthshala 5, a police officer fired at Jarrett during the incident.

When police entered the building, they found an unidentified occupant of the building dead inside their apartment, and Jarrett dead on a balcony, the report said.

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant confirmed Mayer’s comments that some witnesses had used their cameras at the scene.

“There were many people who called, but there were also people who videographed what was happening,” Bryant told the news conference. “And that’s why we want anyone who has any further information to feel free to call us as it pertains to this information that we have.”

Philadelphia-area train incident

Following last week’s incident on a Philadelphia-area commuter train, a police superintendent attacked fellow train riders after a woman was allegedly raped.

“There were too many people, in my opinion, they should have intervened,” said the superintendent of police. Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said. “It tells where we are in society. I mean, who would allow something like this to happen? So it’s disturbing.”

The suspect arrested in the Pennsylvania case was identified as Fiston Ngoy, 35, a Congolese national with a criminal record whose student visa expired in 2015.

Granthshala News’ Louis Cassiano contributed to this story.