Zone 6 Day in Coan Park ends with shooting and city wants to bill organizers
The Zone 6 Day in Coan Park, held on Saturday, Aug. 4, was organized as a back-to-school celebration.
21 Savage was the headliner.
But more people showed up than the organizers anticipated and the event abruptly concluded following a shooting that led to one arrest. The event left people in the neighborhood around the park fuming about the traffic during the event and the mess left behind.
According to a police spokesperson, police arrested Santonio Foster following the shooting but it is not yet known who fired the gun.
“On 8-04-2018 at around 8:10 p.m., officers heard shots fired inside Coan Park at 1530 Woodbine Avenue in Southeast Atlanta,” spokesperson John Chafee said. “Officers near the scene requested additional units and began searching for the location the shots came from. Officers located an approximately 23 year old male inside the park at the recreation center. He had sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his left leg and was alert, conscious and breathing. He advised he did not know who shot him. He was transported to Grady Hospital for treatment.
Other officers at the event saw a black Ford Mustang speeding away shortly after they heard gunshots.
“Before officers were able to stop the vehicle, a passenger exited, fled on foot and has not been located. Officers stopped the vehicle on Hosea L. Williams Drive and detained the driver and passenger,” Chafee said. “It was determined the detained passenger had an outstanding warrant out of Fulton County for failure to appear on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana Less than an Ounce and False Representation to Police. Officers located several handguns as well as suspected marijuana inside the vehicle. The passenger was arrested on the warrant and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The driver was released. At this time investigators are attempting to determine who fired the shots and will look into the possibility of these two being involved in any way.”
Police said there’s a Crime Stoppers reward for information about the case.
“Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers,” Chafee said. “Information on the case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspects.”
Another police spokesperson, Carlos Campos, said the city wants to hold the event organizers accountable. Campos said Parks and Recreation issued the permits for the event, and the Police Department was aware of it and made preparations to handle the crowds.
“The permit stated only 200 people would be in attendance, but APD prepared for more just in case,” Campos said. “The Department had off-duty officers working the event, and had additional resources available to help manage the event once it increased in size. When the shooting took place, APD resources were already on scene and had begun clearing the park and shutting the event down.”
He added, “The Department is working to calculate costs involved with providing the number of police resources required to restore order and plans to present the event organizer a bill for those services. Additionally, the city is also calculating the cost of cleanup in the park and also plans to bill the organizer for it.”
In a statement to CBS Atlanta, 21 Savage said he was, “Saddened by the events that occurred at Zone 6, an event sponsored by the local community, which he attended with other local rappers. Zone 6 was intended to be an uplifting and positive event that brings the community closer together.”