ATLANTA - Atlanta Police are trying to track down the violent armed men who opened fire from outside a southwest Atlanta home late Thursday night.
It happened in the 1100 block of Osborne Street. Police said seven people were hit and a man, a grandfather in is 50s, died.
“I've been knowing him all of life. For him to leave this Earth the way he did, it's just traumatic,” said Pastor James Tukes, of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Rev. Tukes' church is just a few steps away from home where the pastor's friend died in a hail of gunfire after the gunmen fired several rounds into the house from a distance. Authorities have not released the victim's name, but Rev. Tukes said he grew up in the house where he was killed.
“In his own home, on his own porch. He was playing dominoes with some family members from what I understand and when the situation occurred, nobody even had time to respond,” said Tukes, who also grew up in the neighborhood just off Lee Street near Fort McPherson.
Atlanta Police said the gunmen showed up from just around the corner and started shooting. Investigators say it was likely an act of retaliation from a Birch Street shooting the previous night.
Five men and one woman were hit, but according to police, their injuries were not life-threatening. Pastor Tukes is calling for an end to the ongoing street dispute and praying for someone to come forward with information about the gunmen who remain on the run.
Investigators believe this may have been a "retaliatory shooting."