An 11-year-old was shot in southwest Atlanta Wednesday night, the innocent victim of a running gunfight over several streets. Police say they've made an arrest in the case, but no other details have been released.
Atlanta police officers responded to a call of a person shot at around 8:30 p.m. at the 900 block of Coleman Street in southwest Atlanta.
When they arrived, officers found the 11-year-old boy who had a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Medics transported the child to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition on Thursday. His family said that he is expected to be okay.
The preliminary investigation indicates that two groups of people began exchanging gunfire in the area of Sims Street and Arthur Street. A police news release states the groups moved into the 900 block of Coleman Street while they continued to exchange gunfire.
Investigators believe the victim was outside in the 900 block of Coleman Street outside a house when he was hit. It appears the youngster was not involved with the two groups. One woman told FOX 5's Denise Dillon she heard at least 20 shots fired.
Officer John Chafee said "He was just outside when he was struck. At that point, the brother took him into a house and called police."
Officers spent hours talking to witnesses and looking for the gunmen while crime scene investigators collected evidence and shell casings scattered along the southwest Atlanta streets.
Police said Thursday morning that an arrest had been made in the case, but are still searching for several other suspects.
Chafee said the groups fired "multiple shots from where it started to where it ended, several shots fired at different points along the way."
Police say some of the gunmen took off on bicycles.
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