(LibertySociety.com) – In what appeared to be a drug deal gone wrong, three people were shot and killed in an apartment in Atlanta on December 9. One other person was taken to a local hospital for gunshot injuries, but was reportedly “alert, conscious, and breathing.” All three victims were in their twenties and died at the scene, according to police.
Homicide investigators arrived shortly after the shooting and determined that it was not a result of a burglary or any other property crime turned violent. Maj. Peter Malecki said that the shooters were allowed into the apartment before the shooting took place, adding that there was “some type of drug transaction that was taking place inside the apartment.”
Multiple weapons were found at the scene and will be tested for residue to determine which were used to kill the victims. Authorities did not release the names of the victims or any information related to potential suspects. Just two days later, a woman was found dead from a gunshot wound at a towing company in southwest Atlanta. Homicide investigators are still investigating and have not released any further information about the killing.
Meanwhile, in Gwinnett County, police arrested Aron Castillo, 26, of Lawrenceville, for warrants related to multiple armed robberies and aggravated battery. The first robbery reportedly occurred on October 7, when Castillo allegedly shot a person and stole their gun. Then on November 11, police were called to an armed robbery in Norcross. The victim said that the suspect pistol-whipped him and stole his money and phone.
Another armed robbery occurred on November 18, when one victim was shot in the finger. The suspect took the wallets of all three victims, which contained cash and debit cards. Castillo was arrested on December 1 during a traffic stop and was charged with multiple felonies. Besides the robbery and assault charges, Castillo was charged with possession of methamphetamine, attempting to flee and obstruct police officers, and 24 other charges related to gang activity.
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