Suspect arrested at Atlanta airport after downtown shooting

ATLANTA, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Police arrested a female suspect at Atlanta International Airport on Monday, ending an hour-long search after a downtown shooting that left two people dead and a third injured.

The Atlanta Police Department said the shootings were not random and the victims were likely targeted.

Responding to a report of a shooting around 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT), police found two people in an upscale condominium building near Colony Square, an office and retail complex in the Midtown area of Atlanta. One died and the other was taken to hospital, police said.

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While officers were at the first location, police received another call about a shooting less than a mile southeast at a high-rise office building, where the third victim was found.

That person also appears to have been shot and later died in a hospital, police said.

Officers were investigating the connection between the two locations. Initial information indicated that a female suspect was responsible for both incidents, police said.

TaQuanda Alexander, 35, a cook who recently moved to Atlanta, was in Colony Square hoping to fill out job applications at some restaurants when she heard police sirens.

“The police came and told everyone to come in,” she said. “There were sirens and a helicopter and all that. We were shaking. All we heard was people being shot at.”

Before the suspect was located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and taken into custody, police blocked off several blocks in Midtown and people in some buildings were directed to shelter in place.

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Reporting by Rich Mckay in Atlanta and Kanishka Singh in Washington; written by Ismail Shakil Editing by Alistair Bell, Deepa Babington and David Gregorio

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