Atlanta police say senseless arguments need to stop after violent weekend across city

ATLANTA — A violent weekend in Atlanta that left a dozen people shot and one person dead has residents concerned about what’s next.

Atlanta police were called to at least six separate shootings spread across the city from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Police said Monday at the moment that there are no connections between the crimes.

“These crimes began in a variety of ways, with everything from domestic disputes, to arguments with acquaintances, and drug deals gone bad. But the impact on our city is the same. These senseless acts undermine the feeling of safety our officers work so hard to provide our communities,” Atlanta police spokesman said in a statement.

Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston spoke with city officials about their push to stop the violence.

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond said a big problem has been people from outside the city coming to Atlanta.

“There are many people who come to Atlanta who want to take advantage of the situation that they find here,” he said.

Police are still investigating if all the suspects in Saturday and Sunday’s violence were outsiders.

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Atlanta’s police chief says he has enough officers, but agencies across the metro area need to work together. Huddleston also reached out to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

“Atlanta police are working with the FBI and other federal and state partners to crack down on gangs and guns and our work toward addressing public safety is happening around the clock,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.

The office also said Bottoms’ “One Atlanta Police” policy is also in place, cracking down on clubs and bars illegally operating as restaurants to help stop violent activity.

Atlanta police said many of the incidents over the week happened during arguments. They are asking the public to seek other ways to settle disputes besides violence.

“No argument is worth destroying lives. Be responsible and let it go, and understand if you choose to resort to violence in our city, it will not be tolerated and we find you and ensure justice is served,” police said in a statement.

“Our job is to keep the community safe using every available resource. We have some of the best investigators in the business, who are very good at solving crimes and they work 24/7 to find suspects. Our commitment to safety is unwavering, but we need everyone’s help to solve this growing issue. Together we can change the crime statistics and make the city safe.”