Seven people were wounded at a shoot-out at a residence in the 1800 block of South Monroe Avenue, Sunday morning. Three of the wounded were taken by helicopter to regional hospitals and are presumed to be in critical condition, according to Roswell Police Department spokesman Officer Travis Holley.
The incident began at a party after an altercation. â€œThe best we can determine that it was an altercation about a boyfriend, a girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend, said Holley.
â€œThe subject left and brought back several other subjects,â€ said Holley.
The subjects were armed and started a gun battle. The people inside the residence returned fire.
â€œThere were multiple firearms in use and several different types of casings found on the scene,â€ said Holley. Police responded to a call from the area around Garden Access and Monroe Avenue around 4 a.m., after the residents were awakened by the sound of gunfire.
After the shooting stopped, the residents looked outside and saw several male subjects with long rifles.
â€œWe had a vehicle description. An officer pulled the vehicle over (at Richardson and Tilden). One person got out of the car and ran. We found two victims inside,â€ Holley said. Holley was unwilling to say how many of the victims were male and how many were female. He said he was unaware of any gang involvement.
Two houses were struck in the crossfire. The neighbors were awakened from a sound sleep. One of the shots fired penetrated the wall and the bullet lodged in a closet of a nearby home. â€œThe fortunate thing was that no innocent bystanders were shot,â€ said Holley.
â€œFrom our perspective, itâ€™s a delicate situation because our victims are also subjects,â€ he said.
Information about the incident came in piecemeal as victims straggled into the emergency rooms of the two local hospitals.
He could not say how many officers were called to the scene. â€œNot every report has been filed yet, but I can well imagine we sent every single one we could get our hands on.â€
The RPD had no one in custody as of Monday. â€œItâ€™s hard to sort through at this point. Weâ€™re trying to piece it together as best we can. Neither side is cooperating with us.
This is all too common in a case like this,â€ said Holley. The investigation is continuing. Holley said, â€œWe respond all the time to shots fired reports …. This is not the sort of thing we will just let go.â€