UPDATE: Man, infant dead after shooting at SW Atlanta apartment complex 💥😭😭💥

Officers were called to the 300 block of Brownlee Road about 8:40 a.m. regarding a “person down,” Atlanta police said in a news release. EMS units arrived at the Towne West Manor Apartments shortly before police and began aiding the child, authorities said.

When officers arrived, gunshots were heard from inside an apartment, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said. The child was not shot, police confirmed.

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Although some in the Asian community were disappointed with that sentencing, Pak said it was a tough punishment."},{"_id":"Q3LFALBZM5EB7G7ZA5L6FELFVQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627508393467},"type":"text","content":"“Life without parole, consecutive sentences plus 35 years is not a slap in the face,” he said. “That’s a major sentence.”"},{"_id":"LZ23W26SK5AYFCDYQGBJPY5LVM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627508393468},"type":"text","content":"But Willis would face considerable blowback if she didn’t pursue hate crimes enhancements against Long, Cino said. The Georgia law is broad, Cino noted, and if not applied to the race of the victims, it could easily be applied to gender."},{"_id":"GUWCRVS2UZF7ZEQIZ3WSELVMFU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627508393473},"type":"text","content":"“He’s certainly made some admissible statements about how he views women that would appear to meet the threshold (for hate crimes),” Cino said."},{"_id":"O6HYXTTCDJG2HACS62L2Z4DX2Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627508393474},"type":"text","content":"She also said the U.S. Justice Department’s decision not to file hate crimes charges should not be viewed under the same lens. “The legal threshold is much higher for the feds,” Cino said."},{"_id":"W5WGPKVC5ZAHPME3VVUOK4YIBQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627508393475},"type":"text","content":"It could take at least two years for a death penalty case to come to trial. Pak said a different racial makeup of the Fulton victims could help prosecutors."},{"_id":"VM5PYEO2WFCOFKYXBV4ZCFIQRY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627508393476},"type":"text","content":"“My clients want justice and they are behind the DA’s decision,” he said."},{"_id":"P5I2J3WCXVBTDBDH2V3LDLFBF4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627513695196},"type":"text","content":"Though Willis filed paperwork in May to seek the death penalty, only one Georgia jury has handed down a death sentence during the past seven years. That occurred in April 2019 when a Gwinnett County jury sentenced Tiffany Moss to die by lethal injection for starving her 10-year-old stepdaughter, then trying to burn the child’s corpse inside a trash can. 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