A suspect in the Atlanta mass shooting that left a woman dead and four others wounded has been charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault, prison records show.
Deion Patterson is due to appear in court on Thursday. Authorities say she opened fire in the waiting room of a doctor’s office in Atlanta on Wednesday. Employees and others in the busy business district spent hours taking cover as police chased the individual.
The police flooded the center of the city in the afternoon looking for the attacker. Patterson, 24, was captured in Cobb County, just northwest of Atlanta.
Prison records do not mention whether Patterson has an attorney who can comment on his court situation.
Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. declined to provide details of the investigation or offer a hypothesis about the motive for the crime, saying only, “Why he did what he did, all of that is still under investigation.”
Patterson had an appointment at the Northside Medical Building and opened fire shortly after arriving, in an attack that lasted about two minutes, police said at a news conference Wednesday night.
Later, he went to a gas station and took the wheel of a truck that was open and running, authorities said.
A 39-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said.
The Fulton County coroner identified her as Amy St. Pierre. The woman worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that agency confirmed.
The CDC “is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of a colleague killed today in the shooting in Atlanta,” spokesman Benjamin Haynes said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues as they remember her and mourn this tragic loss.”
St. Pierre had conducted research to reduce pregnancy-related deaths, according to a 2021 study she co-authored. That study involved a CDC program called “Ways to Increase Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality.” One goal of the initiative is “the elimination of preventable maternal mortality in the United States.”
Patterson used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot St. Pierre, according to the arrest warrant released Thursday. He shot another woman in the face, and a third in the abdomen, according to the documents. Both women, along with two others, survived the attack.
The four — ages 25, 39, 56 and 71 — were in critical but stable condition Wednesday night, Hampton said. Their names have not yet been published.
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