MARTA officials are reporting that four people were shot, one fatally, at the West Lake station on Thursday afternoon.
Police officers responded to the call at 4:29 p.m. MARTA says that a suspect has been detained.
“Our officers acted swiftly in apprehending the suspect at the West Lake station. Those injured passengers were treated by EMS and transported to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham said in a press release. “Beginning tomorrow, MARTA Police Department will increase the number of officers across our entire transit system. The safety of our passengers continues to be our number one priority. We ask that individuals with any information regarding this incident contact MARTA Police at 404-848-4911.”
The victim has been identified as Zachariah Hunnicutt. Dunham called the shooting a “targeted, isolated incident.”
MARTA CEO Keith Parker said the transit authority is working to ensure that its passengers are safe.
The shooting comes amid increased ridership for MARTA as commuters look for ways around a burned out section of I-85 at Piedmont Road. Construction crews are working to rebuild the section of road, which has been shut down since the March 30 fire.
“My thoughts and prayers remain with the victim and everyone impacted in today’s incident,” Parker said. “MARTA remains committed to the safety and well-being of our customers. We want to reassure all of our riders that the security of our passengers remains our number one priority. I commend the work of our officers and other first responders for their ability to quickly mobilize and isolate this situation.
“Our collective goal as an agency is to ensure that all our riders not only feel safe but know that we are doing everything to ensure their well being as they travel to and from their destinations. For MARTA, that commitment starts tomorrow morning with more officers, in more places throughout our system. I would also remind people that public safety is incumbent upon all of us doing our part to remain aware and vigilant every day.”