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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Three injured in shooting near downtown Marriott

Three injured in shooting near downtown Marriott

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Multiple people were injured during a shooting near the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Peachtree Center Avenue NE in downtown Atlanta.

Three people were taken to the hospital.There has been no word on their injuries or their condition.

Atlanta police say six people in a white passenger van were driving along Edgewood Avenue near Ebenezer Baptist Church when someone shot at their van. Police don't know who shot at the van or why.

The driver of the van drove to the Marriott. Crews at the hotel counted multiple bullet holes on the exterior of the van.

Police are working two crime scenes. The van remains at the hotel where police are looking for evidence. There are also officers along Edgewood Ave. & Auburn Ave. where shell casings and shattered glass was found.

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

WATCH | What to expect during the APS trial

Police release sketches of armed robbery suspects

Police release sketches of armed robbery suspects

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have released composite sketches of two men accused of trying to rob a woman in northeast Atlanta.

The victim told police that early in the morning on June 22, she was walking in the 500 block of Edgewood Avenue when a dark blue Chevrolet SUV with two men inside pulled up alongside her.

The suspects jumped out of the SUV and tried to take the victim's cell phone. The victim said one of them hit her with what may have been a flashlight, so she pulled a pocketknife out of her purse and stabbed him in the right thigh.

The uninjured suspect pulled a gun on the victim and threatened to shoot her, but never fired the weapon. The suspects then drove away without taking any of the woman's property; police said the injured suspect still had the knife embedded in his leg.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

At least 3 shootings reported in Atlanta overnight

At least 3 shootings reported in Atlanta overnight

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police reported at least three separate shootings in the city early Tuesday.

RELATED | 1 dead, 2 hurt in Monday evening shooting

The first shooting happened at around 12:30 a.m. at an apartment building on Daniel Street in northeast Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Capt. Todd Coyt said a man was shot in the head. He was alert, conscious and breathing after the shooting, and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The shooting is under investigation. Coyt said police do not yet have a description of the suspect.

The second shooting happened about an hour later at a home on West Avenue near Roy Street in southwest Atlanta.

Coyt said the victim was shot in the stomach and was also alert, conscious and breathing. No other information was immediately available.

2 shootings reported in NE Atlanta overnight

2 shootings reported in NE Atlanta overnight

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigating two separate overnight shootings.

The first shooting happened at around 11:55 p.m. Sunday at the Stratford Inn extended stay hotel on Parkway Drive NE. Police said a man was shot in the shoulder and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The second shooting occurred at nearby Linden Avenue NE and Parkway Drive NE shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.

No information about the victims or shooters was immediately available. Police are looking into the possibility the two shootings are connected.