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Suspect had BB gun in officer-involved shooting near school, police say

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the weapon officers believe a man was holding near a southwest Atlanta school turned out to be a BB gun.

Authorities tell Channel 2's Sophia Choi the man tried to get into Forrest Hills Academy but did not get in.

As the man was leaving, officers arrived and saw his gun. Investigators said they do not know if he pulled the weapon, but said he did not fire any shots.

However, an officer did fire a shot.

A source tells Channel 2 Action News that Atlanta Public Schools officer is now being questioned.

The man was shot near the school, which is in the 2900 block of Forrest Hills Drive, according to police.

"He was attempting to get into the school. The school officials actually looked out and saw he had a weapon on him.  That’s when they contacted the police," GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles told Choi.

The man was leaving the school, when the shooting happened.

"He was off of the premises. I don’t know the exact number of feet, but he had left the premises," Miles said. 

The GBI said the incident occurred off the premises of Forrest Hills Academy. All students are safe.

"I didn't know if it was at the school, at the motel or whatever down the street but I knew it was okay when the school called and said no kid was involved or no problems," said Terry Phillips, a father of a student who attends Forrest Hills Academy.

No officers were injured during the incident. The man is now recovering at a local hospital.

Update: OIS APS PD - Shooting incident occurred off the premises of Forrest Hills Academy. All students are safe.— GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) December 12, 2017

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The injured man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. He was alert and conscious, according to police.

#BREAKING: The GBI has responded to the scene of an officer involved shooting at the request of the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department. pic.twitter.com/nAzv7koAJW — GA Bureau of Invest (@GBI_GA) December 12, 2017

 

Cops arrest Gwinnett man wanted for burglarizing R. Kelly’s homes

The man wanted by police for the burglaries at the north Fulton County homes of Grammy award-winning R&B singer R. Kelly is in custody.

Alfonso Walker, 50, of Lawrenceville, was arrested Tuesday morning. He will appear in front of a judge at 11 a.m.

Online court and jail records show that Walker is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, including theft by deception, theft by taking and burglary in the first degree.

BACKGROUND: Police: R. Kelly’s north Fulton homes burglarized, suspect on run

MORE: R. Kelly shows his burglarized metro Atlanta home on Instagram

Police said that Walker is a former associate of Kelly’s and “ransacked” his homes in Johns Creek, taking furniture, electronics and other items and selling them to the highest bidder. The burglaries were reported on Nov. 26 and 27.

Trevian Kutti, a spokesperson for Kelly, sent the AJC a statement on his behalf.

“Mr. Kelly thanks the Johns Creek Police Department for its swift and diligent work in arresting the responsible parties,” the statement read. “He would also like to thank all of his fans around the world for their love and support, as well as, the community for being very cooperative.”

READ: Atlanta resident, former fan, is founder of #MuteRKelly 

READ: Why do people still love R. Kelly, and what does that say about us? 

Walker was supposed to turn himself into Johns Creek police a week ago, but never showed up. Kelly stopped by his north Fulton County homes this past weekend to inspect the burglaries, and showed his empty living room to fans on Instagram.

Johns Creek police did not immediately respond to a request for more information on Walker’s arrest.

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Family's Christmas tradition honors organ donor who allowed their little girl to live

For many people, certain ornaments have a special significance or meaning as halls are decked and trees are decorated this time of year.

And for one Forsyth County family, that certainly rings true.

On Dec. 7, 2014, Mallory Kate Hall, who’s now 5 years old and in kindergarten, received the gift of life when she underwent heart transplant surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

In honor of her anonymous organ donor, Mallory Kate’s family decorates a second tree in its living room that represents her donor and their life.

Mother Jessica Hall said that since the transplant, they now consider themselves a family of five.

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For the past three years, Mallory Kate has hung an ornament on this “special tree” on the anniversary of her transplant.

Mallory Kate first received a glass pink heart ornament for Christmas in 2014. While she was waiting for her transplant, she always said she wanted “a pink heart.”

The special tree tradition officially began the following year.

Her ornament from 2015 bears the painting of a heart with the date of her transplant. In 2016, she received an angel holding a heart. Last Thursday, Mallory Kate added another heart ornament: a gold heart that says, “You are loved and treasured.”

 

Southwest adds flights from Atlanta to LA for Rose Bowl

Southwest Airlines announced it will add flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Calif. for the College Football Playoff semifinal between No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Oklahoma. 

The airline will add flights on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 from Atlanta to Los Angeles as well as a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta on Jan. 2.

Southwest will also add flights between Oklahoma City to Los Angeles.

The game inside the Rose Bowl kicks off on Jan. 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET.

Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are your home for everything Rose Bowl. Make sure to follow @WSBTV and @AJCSports for updates on Twitter & LIKE the official WSB-TV Facebook page!

For much more on the Georgia Bulldogs, CLICK HERE to download and listen to Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein & AJC's Jeff Schultz on the ‘We Never Played the Game’ podcast.

Shooter accused of gunning down co-worker killed in car crash, police say

Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a warehouse in South Fulton County.

The shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Flexible Industrial Solutions at 5110 Fulton Industrial Boulevard.  

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes learned from police that the shooter and the victim were employees; one a full-time employee and the other a temp worker.

Police said an employee came into work, said “good morning” to co-workers in the front of the building and after that, he went to the back, where the warehouse is, and opened fire.

One person was killed.

There was no discussion, no argument, no warning at all, police said. Police said the shooter left the scene.

According to Alabama State police, the shooter was killed in a single vehicle crash hours later.

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Police aren't sure if the shooter was targeting a certain coworker or not, but they said they know he fired several shots.

The company, where the shooting happened, makes metal piping and transfer systems.

"Right now, there's a lot of unemployed people. They're stealing, shooting, killing. They're just doing it. They're unhappy. That's my point of view, but I'm trying to stay out of the line of fire. We try to look out for each other here," said Willie Brooks, who works at a steel yard on Fulton Industrial Boulevard.

Police have not released the name of the shooter or the victim. 

Shooter accused of gunning down co-worker killed in car crash, police say

Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a warehouse in South Fulton County.

The shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Flexible Industrial Solutions at 5110 Fulton Industrial Boulevard.  

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes learned from police that the shooter and the victim were employees; one a full-time employee and the other a temp worker.

Police said an employee came into work, said “good morning” to co-workers in the front of the building and after that, he went to the back, where the warehouse is, and opened fire.

One person was killed.

There was no discussion, no argument, no warning at all, police said. Police said the shooter left the scene.

According to Alabama State police, the shooter was killed in a single vehicle crash hours later.

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Police aren't sure if the shooter was targeting a certain coworker or not, but they said they know he fired several shots.

The company, where the shooting happened, makes metal piping and transfer systems.

"Right now, there's a lot of unemployed people. They're stealing, shooting, killing. They're just doing it. They're unhappy. That's my point of view, but I'm trying to stay out of the line of fire. We try to look out for each other here," said Willie Brooks, who works at a steel yard on Fulton Industrial Boulevard.

Police have not released the name of the shooter or the victim. 

Police: Search underway in Cobb County after man shoots at officer

Police are patrolling a neighborhood in Cobb County after they said a man shot at an officer Tuesday morning. 

Cobb County police told Channel 2 Action News that officers pulled over two men, and one of them fired shots at an officer. The officer was not hit and is OK. 

They drove off, and police tracked them down to Venetian Way in Mableton. Police said they abandoned the car they were in there.

Channel 2's Rikki Klaus saw police checking cars in the areas around Mableton Parkway to make sure they are not there.

Breaking: Cobb Police checking cars at various spots around Mableton Pkwy to see if men stowed in car. Police say one fired several shots at officer. Officer not hurt, they say. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/EOi4egSEHX — Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) December 12, 201

Police brought in a K-9 for the search. They said the dog picked up a scent but lost it.

Cobb County Police brought in a K-9 for the current search. They say the dog picked up a scent but lost it. pic.twitter.com/NOqrndlGkP — Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) December 12, 2017

We're talking to investigators about their search for updates in this story and on Channel 2 Action News at Noon. 

Metro Atlanta under wind advisory; threat high for downed trees

A Wind Advisory went into effect at 7 a.m. for much of metro Atlanta and north Georgia Tuesday.

School closings: Paulding, Polk and Haralson counties. FULL LIST HERE

The advisory will last until 10 p.m. for Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton and Henry counties.

Sustained winds will be 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 35 mph.

UPDATE: The wind advisory has been expanded to include metro Atlanta based on current observations and trends. A 35 mph gust was recently measured in Atlanta. Trees and limbs may fall. Power outages are possible. I'll have the latest on @wsbtv at Noon. pic.twitter.com/vcohIMeX9Q — Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) December 12, 2017

"Strong winds could bring down trees and power lines," said Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Karen Minton.

[PHOTOS: Snowmen pop up across metro]

Temperatures were higher Monday after last weekend's snow, but Severe Weather Team 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns  said another cold front will make its way into the region Tuesday, dropping temperatures across the metro by the evening.

By about rush hour Tuesday afternoon, temperatures will only rise to about 44 degrees in the metro Atlanta area. The north Georgia mountains will likely not make it out of the 30s Wednesday.

[DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's weather app for alerts on winter weather] 

However, if you're missing the warmer temperatures, Minton has good news for you.

"It's cold the next few days, but the 6-10 day outlook brings in warmer air as we get closer to Christmas week," Minton said. 

A dry cold front moves in later today. It will kick up the winds from the NW 15-25 mph in the metro area. The mountains will have gusts to 35 mph. It will be chilly today with highs in the mid 40s. pic.twitter.com/7wKSh0Yzfy — Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) December 12, 2017

 

It's cold the next few days, but the 6-10 day outlook brings in warmer air as we get closer to Christmas week. pic.twitter.com/BUfA7X7D5Q — Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) December 12, 2017

 

The wind advisory is for the mountain counties, however, metro Atlanta will be windy today too. We will have gusts to 25 mph. Wind will pick up after 7am and be gusty through the evening. pic.twitter.com/52VSisKb0F — Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) December 12, 2017

 

Wind is calm to very light at 4:30am, but later today will be windy in the metro area. Plus strong winds in the mountains. Wind Advisory begins at 7am through 10pm. Strong winds could bring down trees and power lines. pic.twitter.com/wgIjE1xQQl — Karen Minton (@KarenMintonWSB) December 12, 2017

 

 

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