By Chelsea Prince, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting at a downtown Atlanta hotel that left four people injured.
The victims were found about 10:10 p.m. Sunday at the Inn at the Peachtrees, one of several hotels on West Peachtree Street in the downtown hotel district. Guns and pill bottles were recovered at the scene, according to Atlanta police.
One victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The other three were stable before they were taken to the hospital for treatment, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.
Officers canvassed the area Sunday night looking for a suspect, but no arrests were made.
“It is not clear if this was an exchange between a group or if someone outside the group shot them,” Avery said in an email. “The case is still being investigated.”
In a recent interview, interim police Chief Rodney Bryant was asked about the spike in shootings and homicides across the city this year. Bryant said the recent increase in violence is something police are seeing in major cities across the U.S., not just in Atlanta.
“I wouldn’t say that criminals are getting more brazen. I think what we’re recognizing through this COVID period is that there’s much more difficulty in people being able to have conflict resolution,” he said, adding that criminals have been violent for decades and “this isn’t a new phenomenon.”
“I think that what we are seeing during this unique time in our lifetime with this COVID pandemic is people are just a little less able to resolve a level of conflict,” Bryant said.
According to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, crime in the city is down about 20% overall, despite an uptick in homicides compared to last year.