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Man killed in shooting at Atlanta restaurant

ATLANTA -- One person died in a shooting at Blue Ivory in Downtown Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Shots rang out at around 4 a.m. inside the 24-hour restaurant and lounge in the 500 block of Whitehall Street. Police said 25-year-old Clarence Carter of Fairburn was struck and killed.

Witnesses told 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross an argument over a drink led to the shooting. They described the scene inside the restaurant as "chaos."

No one has been arrested. Atlanta Police believe the suspect may have been able to escape out the building's back door. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage taken inside the restaurant.


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Scaffolding falls on man at new Falcons stadium site

ATLANTA -- A man was hurt after metal scaffolding fell on him Wednesday morning.


It happened at the intersection of Mangum and Mitchell streets in downtown Atlanta -- the construction site for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

Officials said the man suffered a severe head injury. An Atlanta Fire spokesperson said the victim was not alert and may have been unconscious after being hit. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A witness described the scene to 11Alive.

"And I just came over and I see the guy on the ground; I see the scaffold on him," Aashiq Bisnathsing said. "They moved it; put him in a stretcher and just took him away."

Two APD officers involved in shooting

ATLANTA – Authorities are investigating a police shooting involving two officers Wednesday afternoon.

According to Atlanta police, the incident happened on Thurmond Street in northwest Atlanta.

Police said they found a man sleeping inside a car parked between two vacant buildings. Further investigation found that the car was stolen. The officer called for back-up.

The driver allegedly drove off and rammed into an unmarked police car. At that point, two officers shot the man, who crashed the vehicle.

The person shot was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities said the man has several outstanding aggravated assault warrants and two stolen vehicle warrants.

Henry County man to sculpt MLK statue for Ga. Capitol

ATLANTA -- Henry County-based sculptor Andy Davis has been selected to create a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Georgia Capitol grounds, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday.

Davis has worked as a full-time sculptor since 1999, and forms his creations at the Andy Davis Studio inside the Hood Street Art Center in McDonough. His works include the Georgia Police Memorial, a Ray Charles sculpture in the singer's hometown of Albany, Ga., and a life-size rendering of late Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy.

"I am confident that Andy Davis' past works ... have prepared him well for this historic project," Deal said in a statement.

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Man arrested after stealing hearse with body inside

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Police have made an arrest after a man stole a hearse in Atlanta on Sunday.

Atlanta police say 34-year-old Henry Lyles took the vehicle by force and then crashed through a gate.

Apparently Lyles didn't realize that a hearse at the morgue would have a body inside it as he only went a few blocks, police said. The vehicle was deserted at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Piedmont.


City hopes for federal funds to expand streetcar project

ATLANTA -- Atlanta is fighting for millions in federal funding in hopes of expanding its streetcar project.

On Tuesday, the city held its last public hearing on the overall $3.6 billion, 25-year transportation plan. A part of that is to expand the Atlanta Streetcar to the city's BeltLine. To do it, the hopes to win nearly $30 million in federal grant money.

To make their case, city officials have to prove the streetcar's success and importance. Right now, the downtown loop covers 2.7 miles.


Judge: Friendship Towers tenants won't pay rent in July

ATLANTA – Tenants of Friendship Towers won't have to pay rent for the month of July, a judge ruled on Friday.

Residents of the high rise complex have had weeks of air conditioning problems.

Judge Jerry Baxter's order came a day after a visit to the apartments. The judge said that while conditions aren't horrible, they are not ideal.

Any tenants that can prove they have a health condition that is negatively affected by the heat will be relocated to a hotel paid for by Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the building.