Police: 15-year-old girl killed in southwest Atlanta shooting

- The search for the shooter that claimed the life of a teenage girl at a southwest Atlanta home on Thursday continued into the weekend.

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It happened in the 4600 block of Greenleaf Circle. SKYFOX 5 flew over the scene just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Police said 15-year-old Nacari Newson was shot in the garage. The Langston Hughes High School 10th grader was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her chest. She later died.

Sources confirmed Atlanta Police found three guns at the house on Greenleaf Circle where Newson was visiting her 17-year-old boyfriend.

Grief counselors spent the day at her high school consoling Benson's classmates.

Atlanta Police are following leads, but no word on any motives or arrests.

Hours after the 15-year-old was shot and killed, a 14-year-old girl was shot on Memorial Drive Southeast and the day before someone fired shots at a house on Susan Lane striking a 10-year-old girl as she watched TV. However, Atlanta Police don't believe the shootings are connected.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields released the following statement on Friday: 

“I am concerned by acts of violence against anyone in the City of Atlanta. But I’m particularly disturbed when those acts of violence are carried out against juveniles, as has been the case this week with the unacceptable and tragic shootings of three girls, ages 15, 14 and 10. We have no reason to believe right now that the three shootings are connected in any way, and at least one of the shootings does not appear to be a random act. The only common thread in the shootings is the young age and gender of the victims and the unfortunate reality of gun violence. These incidents illustrate, sadly, why I have made going after violent criminals and removing illegal guns from the streets a priority for our department. Rest assured that our investigators are working diligently to make arrests in these cases. Our department will not stand idly by while our young people are being killed or hurt.”

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