Saturday, April 13

1 killed, 3 others injured in shooting at restaurant in DeKalb mall


There are indications that the shooting may have spilled outside as several cars in parking lot were riddled with bullet holes, Channel 2 reported. Fletcher’s remained closed Saturday morning, according to the news station.

Police at the scene initially said three people were shot Friday night. But Smith confirmed the fourth victim in a statement Saturday afternoon.

The four men were taken to area hospitals with serious to critical injuries Friday night, police said. One of them died there Saturday morning.

Police have not released the names of any of the victims. Officers were still working to notify the deceased victim’s next of kin Saturday.

— Please return to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates.

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Zone 2 Officers Hear Gunshots During Roll Call-Break to Catch Suspect-Arrest Made nnOn June 7th, 2022, at approximately 2PM, Zone 2 Evening Watch officers were conducting roll call outside of the precinct when they heard two gunshots nearby. Officers immediately proceeded to the area of the gunfire and observed damage to a business at 3167 Peachtree Rd. NE.nnAs additional officers arrived to canvass the area, they observed a suspect fleeing the area and getting into a vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle in the area of 3305 Mathieson and the driver pulled over. The suspect, who was a passenger in the vehicle, then exited and fled on foot. At that time, Zone 2 officers were able to establish a strong perimeter in the residential neighborhood with assistance from Phoenix and K-9 officers.nnAfter an extensive search for the suspect, officers eventually observed him running in the area of Alberta Dr. and Mathieson Dr. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody without incident and identified as Henok Gebremichael (Born 1989). nnOnce they were able to view the VIC cameras in the area, officers determined that the suspect appeared to have exchanged words with occupants of a vehicle prior to firing a handgun at them. Mr. Gebremichael was charged accordingly, to include several counts of reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. nnThe Atlanta Police Department is grateful for efforts of all of the officers involved in the apprehension of Mr. Gebremichael and would like to note the resources the department has on hand to address crime in the City of Atlanta, such as our Video Integration Center and various specialized units available to work towards the capture of violent offenders.

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In an email to the AJC, Hartman said he believes the extortion at Pulaski should be considered serious enough for the FBI to investigate."},{"_id":"VL44S26OLFAS5C3HKNN2CJAKF4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971602},"type":"text","content":"“Based on the facts you have presented, I believe the FBI would be fully warranted to initiate an investigation into this matter,” he wrote."},{"_id":"ELTAUV6SWNAPFEMMZVQW3OWHXA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971603},"type":"text","content":"Please send money"},{"_id":"WOET35SR7FAZJOXUSB4JVDSRTY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971604},"type":"text","content":"A former municipal court clerk in Dalton, Dixon recently recorded in a spiral notebook all the Cash App payments she had made on her daughter’s behalf. The entries fill eight pages."},{"_id":"ILMTPFCOSBAO3NEM3JD5E2KPYQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971605},"type":"text","content":"Emails provided by Dixon show her daughter’s desperation as she sought money."},{"_id":"PATM3M2EYRCIZL4AKS72PHPFJM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971606},"type":"text","content":"“Mom tomorrow is the last day of the month PLEASE send $cashcowflow6 some money,” Lewis wrote on March 30. “I told her I’d send 200 so whatever you can do but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send her something, so I don’t have problems tomorrow.”"},{"_id":"O2VT3UV65VAINLLOMXK57734WY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971607},"type":"text","content":"Dixon said the first time someone other than her daughter contacted her was April 8. Dixon said she was told she needed to send money immediately if she wanted to see Lewis “make it out of this prison.”"},{"_id":"TIDDU5FFEBHJZBV4E3FSWOMMIE","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"AMYZRQQYQVCTPK7GN57KGH2CSE"},"type":"raw_html","content":""},{"_id":"HTL4SXVF3FBELKEYXACD2MIQX4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971608},"type":"text","content":"“My jaw dropped,” she said."},{"_id":"OF6BUJP6PVGCHPB63AWZER3OWA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971609},"type":"text","content":"Not long after that call, Dixon said, she contacted McMillan. The call was returned by a deputy warden, KaSann Mahogany, and it quickly became evident, Dixon said, that no one at Pulaski was going to act."},{"_id":"QDRIVABK3VGB3GPX6SMUTX6ZBE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971610},"type":"text","content":"Mahogany informed Dixon that Lewis was in the room with her and was saying everything was fine. Dixon said she realized her daughter was fearful of being labeled a snitch, so she ended the conversation."},{"_id":"GGKF3TKUQ5EX3HSC54CM23KF4M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971611},"type":"text","content":"“I knew then not to say another word,” Dixon said."},{"_id":"NO6C7CZRZBBDNNIPNGUUH6BJMI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971612},"type":"text","content":"The last straw"},{"_id":"OSZ722LAHREDNNYOYCZSKQNLOM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971613},"type":"text","content":"By the end of May, however, circumstances convinced Dixon she could no longer be silent."},{"_id":"2LP3ONEXY5EKHLN2IIDN6XDB4E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971614},"type":"text","content":"Late in the evening of May 20, Lewis was hospitalized for treatment of a gash in her mouth and two black eyes. Lewis’ explanation to the prison staff, according to the incident report, was that she had slipped and fallen. Dixon suspected that she’d been beaten."},{"_id":"RQRS7TTFOZH2ZAGRULE63RZM7I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971615},"type":"text","content":"The next day, Dixon said, she was stunned by another call from the prison. Lewis made the call, but then other inmates took the phone and beat her with it as the line remained open."},{"_id":"X4QGKPXAJFA2BMQJT5BYBYGUKU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971616},"type":"text","content":"“I never did get to talk to (Lewis), but I kept listening,” Dixon said. “It was a 10-minute conversation, all of it listening to her getting hit.”"},{"_id":"RGOWYA2J4NB27MLWRGPLXQIP3A","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"J52UTS5ACFBIJNGWMXKXH2N4RA"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"Women sexually assaulted, beaten at Georgia prison","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/women-sexually-assaulted-beaten-at-georgia-prison/MOPFXLZR5FCKXIFLJL6LUMSOSM/"},{"_id":"GJ3BXPWX2FFYLCTNNKOM6WTIWA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971617},"type":"text","content":"After Dixon told the AJC about that call, the newspaper provided her with a digital recorder. When she was threatened again on May 30, she used it."},{"_id":"3ZD5JSGXI5ANLAPSPQIQ2C6WJ4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971618},"type":"text","content":"The caller told Dixon that her daughter owed $250, plus $50 as “tax.” The extra $50 was for being late and also for Lewis’ protection, “to keep other people off her ass,” the caller said."},{"_id":"5L6JE7P6SZDU3PBOACE5V76FSA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971619},"type":"text","content":"“I don’t take no losses,” the caller said. “If I let her (screw) me over, then I gotta let the next one (screw) me over. I ain’t never gonna let nobody (screw) me over. Like there was an old woman in here. She was like 72 years old, 72, 74. I beat her ass too for my money.”"},{"_id":"CWJCBS2GMBDBPMEPQ67QBJQJDM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971620},"type":"text","content":"Dixon sent the money that day. Two days later, she sent the recording to Wiggins along with an email in which she poured out all that she and her daughter had endured."},{"_id":"E54YA7O7ANDBNJTXBZACOIHZ6I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971621},"type":"text","content":"“Can you not move her out of that prison to another one...,” Dixon wrote. My daughter is going to wind up dead.”"},{"_id":"XCKUAWHH7FCJBLL6UC4Y3URGRY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971622},"type":"text","content":"Within hours, the warden informed Dixon that Lewis had been placed in protective custody."},{"_id":"SRRSH3EIQFFZRMDTLGN4HT3JGU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654714971623},"type":"text","content":"Dixon said she’s relieved, but she knows the problem goes well beyond one person. 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My daughter is safe for the moment, but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way.”"},{"_id":"JHXYN66SJRGURBR6UJVXHVESEI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654723775403},"type":"text","content":"To contact the investigations team, email us at [email protected]"},{"_id":"U2PZD22YANDQLCYAZIP45JEMEQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654801818183},"type":"text","content":"About this story"},{"_id":"2CQ7VPXCYFGYRHA2SLL2KRQRAA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654801818184},"type":"text","content":"In a series of stories for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since fall, investigative journalist Danny Robbins has revealed the worsening violence in Georgia prisons. This story is based on his interviews with a dozen inmates, former inmates and family members. Robbins also obtained Georgia Department of Corrections incident reports and reviewed email and text messages, as well as payment records and an audio recording provided by the mother of one incarcerated woman."},{"_id":"43IFHWVX5FDNHHNKA37KPQPAN4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654801818185},"type":"text","content":"ON AJC.COM"},{"_id":"PPAHPFZQXJBDDO3CZCEA4YHD24","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1654801818186},"type":"text","content":"Visit our website to hear one of the threatening phone calls"}],"display_date":"2022-06-10T10:00:00Z","headlines":{"basic":"Gang members using violence to extort inmates, families at Ga. prison for women"},"first_publish_date":"2022-06-10T10:00:03.022Z","taxonomy":{"sections":[{"path":"/news/crime","parent":{"default":"/news"},"_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Crime & Public Safety","description":"Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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Dorsey said that tainted the case beyond redemption."},{"_id":"ITBAVXJI6JAM5NNFQPNBFOJMCU","type":"text","content":"Dorsey said in her 42-page order that dismissing a case outright with no option to file it again is a severe sanction, but said Ronaldo had been harmed by Stovall’s conduct."},{"_id":"YKYAKTTTHZAWJL5GKKTLRSE2WQ","type":"text","content":"“I find that the procurement and continued use of these documents was bad faith, and simply disqualifying Stovall will not cure the prejudice to Ronaldo because the misappropriated documents and their confidential contents have been woven into the very fabric of (plaintiff Kathryn) Mayorga’s claims,” the ruling said. “Harsh sanctions are merited.”"},{"_id":"R5IJ3UNPYFG25LENS53MWVKLR4","type":"text","content":"Stovall did not immediately respond Saturday to telephone and email messages. Text messages to associate Larissa Drohobyczer were not answered. 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In documents filed last year, Stovall tallied damages at $25 million plus attorney fees."},{"_id":"JTDUB2X5EJHJZM7PPYASZOHMBY","type":"text","content":"The attorney argued that Mayorga had learning disabilities as a child and was so pressured by Ronaldo’s attorneys and representatives that she was in no condition to consent to dropping her criminal complaint and accepting the $375,000 in August 2010."},{"_id":"AQWAYXT6FFCSJGSR64MNINEFHM","type":"text","content":"Dorsey followed recommendations from U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts, who handled preliminary and procedural rulings in the case, that it be dismissed for bad faith, “inappropriate conduct” by Stovall and reliance on the leaked and stolen confidential documents."},{"_id":"NTARAPNQCFCIHAN4SQXGEWWBV4","type":"text","content":"“There is no possible way for this case to proceed where the court cannot tell what arguments and testimony are based on these privileged documents,” Albregts said in an October 2021 report to Dorsey."},{"_id":"26HE4DNQYNCDJPVHEZ27CGCQRA","type":"text","content":"Stovall “acted in bad faith by asking for, receiving, and using the Football Leaks documents to prosecute Mayorga’s case,” Albregts wrote. He blamed Stovall for “audacious,” “impertinent” and “abusive” attempts to make the confidentiality agreement public through legal maneuvers and the court record and recommended to Dorsey that she reject Stovall’s claim that Mayorga lacked the mental capacity to sign the 2010 agreement."},{"_id":"D5Z2LKDZQ5GX3KFM7ZF2EPRTVY","type":"text","content":"The 9th Circuit ruled early this year that it would be up to Dorsey to decide that question."},{"_id":"5F4SED4DJFD7ZKAS6RXIMKWTFU","type":"text","content":"It was not immediately clear in Dorsey’s ruling whether the public might still get a look at the Las Vegas police report compiled about Ronaldo after Mayorga filed her lawsuit in 2018."},{"_id":"GLS2U2A2QBH2FFWQD2MV5SRDEQ","type":"text","content":"Albregts said in March that denying the New York Times access to what police collected “would almost certainly raise the ‘specter of government censorship.’” He recommended that Dorsey transfer to a state court the newspaper’s open-records request for documents."},{"_id":"HHYO54WSI5CGXKGFDXHHVKNDFE","type":"text","content":"A protective order that Dorsey imposed to prevent the release of the 2010 agreement doesn’t apply to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Albregts found, and “does not bar LVMPD from disseminating its criminal investigative file.”"},{"_id":"4GFBEZPFFRFPRGNGV7UY5EJ3RE","type":"text","content":"Attorney Margaret McLetchie, representing the newspaper, did not immediately respond Saturday to a message about that case."},{"_id":"HKNZMSKISHOZXA4OJPSI7CWMD4","additional_properties":{"expiration_date":"2022-07-11T16:26:06Z","fullSizeResizeUrl":"/resizer/QsPrRDrvo9VQN34Bc-6DQICaw-A=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/HKNZMSKISHOZXA4OJPSI7CWMD4.jpg","galleries":[],"mime_type":"application/octet-stream","originalName":"2bce1e7d84c14c8cb713f8e87a9abdd3","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/HKNZMSKISHOZXA4OJPSI7CWMD4.jpg","proxyUrl":"/resizer/QsPrRDrvo9VQN34Bc-6DQICaw-A=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/HKNZMSKISHOZXA4OJPSI7CWMD4.jpg","published":true,"resizeUrl":"/resizer/QsPrRDrvo9VQN34Bc-6DQICaw-A=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/HKNZMSKISHOZXA4OJPSI7CWMD4.jpg","restricted":false,"thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/z9ayNfTiUo_4GtAB3PRDHGRTHLY=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/HKNZMSKISHOZXA4OJPSI7CWMD4.jpg","version":0},"address":{"locality":"Manchester"},"caption":"FILE- Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo rests against a goalpost during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, on April 16, 2022. 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