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Man in critical condition after early morning shooting near Midtown

Victim reportedly shot twice while returning to vehicle parked in apartment complex off North Avenue.

A 22-year-old man is reportedly in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital after being attacked and shot in a parking lot near Midtown early Thursday morning.

According to Atlanta Police spokesperson Kim Jones, at around 12:40 a.m. two men were looking for their car parked at the Cityscape at Midtown apartments when they were approached by two men. During what authorities say was a robbery attempt, the victim was shot once in the upper chest and once in the left arm.

The other man was not injured and neither man lived at the apartments, which are located at 300 Cityline Avenue near the intersection of North Avenue and Central Park.

It is not known whether or not anything was taken during the crime. According to police, witnesses reported seeing two black males fleeing from the scene after the shots were fired.

Catherine Owen December 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Too many guns on the streets. Too few opportunities, too little hope. What can be done?
Step Mom December 13, 2012 at 04:46 PM
My step son is still in the hospital after 6 surgeries. He made it thru all of this which was surprising with the life threatening incident. He finally made it out of ICU but cannot return home on the plane because of his injuries. He will have to wait 2 weeks. He will miss Christmas with part of his family. His medical bills are way over a million dollars, mother and father have lost wages and had to pay hotel and food. Now he will have to figure out were to stay for two weeks until he can travel. This is all because of a thug who thought a 22 yr old had money. This is a devistating Christmas medically and financially for the whole family. To the Thug who did this only you and God will decide your fate. That day will come. Merry Christmas!!!
Kim P December 16, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Dear Stepmom: My heart goes out to you, your husband, & especially your son. I called 911 that night after hearing your son screaming for help & moaning in pain. I never knew who was injured but emailed the news because his story was not told on the news & I wanted to know that he survived. I have prayed every night for this 22 year old stranger. I will continue to pray. I wish I had the resources to help. I truly hope you will have better news to come your way & that your family & your son heal completely. God Bless.
Michael December 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
To Stepmom, I am a black male in Atlanta and I want to apologize to you on their behalf. I have been in ICU before for a stabbing when I was 17. I can sympathize with his pain. The majority of us here are well educated, family oriented, and hard working. I have worked on many large scale construction projects in Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead. Unfortunately, I have been robbed too...by a black male. I am not sure that race is the issue although the perpetrators are black. The issue is economic. The unemployment rate for blacks is more than twice that of whites in Atlanta. I'm not quoting any stats; I'm going by what I am seeing. We need to get black non-skilled people back to work. Lack of marketable skills and/or education and having a criminal history is preventing many from obtaining employment today. Did society really think that recording a crime on a person's history for the rest of their life would make it better for the rest of us? We may as well go back to branding them. There is now a large population of low wage non-skilled labor that cannot get employment any other way. The low wage, non-skilled jobs are just not available here anymore; such as factory work. Even in the skilled positions there is inequality here. I am the first to get laid off and the last to get called back; and they always say my work performance is stellar. I have noticed this for the past 7 years working here in Atlanta. Go figure...
Step Mom December 20, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Michael, Thank you for responding. My step son is recovering but still in Georgia unable to come home due to his extensive injuries and finances. It has been hard on our family. He will not make it home for Christmas because it costs $1500.00 to ride a train home since he is unable to fly in an airplane due to the cabin pressure. He has had 6 vascular surgeries that will not allow him on a plane. I am sorry that our society has not educated themselves and their children in explaining that diversity is good and color does not matter. What matters is what is in your heart and sole. I am blonde haired blue eye and had a father that grew up in Alabama. He was very prejudice. While growing up next to a Army base it was a mixed culture. My best friend April was black and I did not know there was a difference. All I knew is I loved my best friend. Unfortunetly, some of the well educated people whom are hiring for a position do not see the marketable well educated individual by how educated they are but by the color of the skin. These individuals are the uneducated business owners that need to open their eyes and bring our country together. I hope the best for you. Have a Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family.

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