Loved ones mourn father after shooting

- Police are searching for whoever shot and killed a man early Sunday morning in southwest Atlanta. 

Police confirm Terry Tolbert took two bullets to the face and three to the chest before 2 a.m. Sunday. He was transported in critical condition and later died from his injuries. Police say the shooting happened in the 300 block of Fairburn Road.

Family and friends to tell us Tolbert grew up in this area. They also said this wasn't a way to end an argument.

"Takin a life you can't get a life back," said former neighbor and friend Nicole Johnson. "But if people are still livin' they can right their wrongs."

Friends and family gathered for a vigil just hours after the shooting Sunday. The gathering was held in a parking lot where loved ones said a cookout took place when the incident happened. 

"I think this was a permanent solution which is murder for a temporary problem," said Thea Tolbert, the victim's mother.

Tolbert's mother and other family members were in attendance as friends neighbors and even an off-duty police officer paid their respects.

A woman who identified herself as the victim’s girlfriend told FOX 5 that he was involved in an altercation with another man prior to the shooting.

She said the victim was 36-year-old.

Tolbert, or "Busta" as they called him, leaves behind three children of his own. Those close to him say he was a great father and that his children adored him.

"All the kids, they knew Busta, everybody out here knew Busta so it's just a respect thing right now," said Johnson.

Atlanta police tell us another non-fatal shooting happened in the same spot just a few hours later. They will not confirm if it was related.

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