Shooting at Atlanta medical building leaves at least one dead, police say

ATLANTA – At least one person was killed in a lunchtime shooting at a medical building in a busy commercial area of Atlanta, and the suspected gunman was still at large, police said on Wednesday.

Police, who said at least four people were hospitalised after the gunfire, responded to calls about an active shooter just after 12.30pm ET in the Midtown section of the city, the Atlanta Police Department said in a tweet.

Authorities identified the suspected shooter as 24-year-old Deion Patterson and said he was armed and dangerous.

Police posted four photographs of the suspect on Twitter.

They showed a man in a doorway, his arm raised and pointing what appeared to be a handgun. His target was not visible in the photos.

The suspect had a mask over his face and nose and was wearing a sweatshirt and carrying a brown backpack.

“Officers are actively searching for the suspect and any other victims,” the department said.

The four injured people, all of whom were adults, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Three victims were in critical condition and undergoing surgery while the fourth was being treated in the emergency room, the hospital's chief medical officer, Jansen, said during a news conference.

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