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Man arrested, charged in Midtown triple shooting

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police arrested Nkosi Thandiwe in connection with a Midtown shooting Friday afternoon that left one person dead and two wounded. He has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault, police said.

Thandiwe turned himself in to to police in the presence of his attorney, 11Alive's Kevin Rowson reported via Twitter. Atlanta Police say attorney Rickey Richardson called them to tell them Thandiwe would turn himself in at his Buckhead office.

When police arrived they arrested Thandiwe and recovered the handgun used in the shooting and the car of the woman he is accused of killling.

Police told Rowson that Thandiwe was not talking to investigators.

Police said the shooting began on the third floor of a parking deck on Crescent Avenue and 14th Street. A woman, Brittany Watts, was found dead after being shot once in the neck. He jumped into Watt's car and drove out of the parking garage firing shots, hitting two other women. 

Police said Thandiwe, 22, was a security guard at the Proscenium building at 1170 Peachtree Street. The APD is looking into whether or not he knew Watts, who also worked in the Proscenium building.

Investigators first said they believed Thandiwe was targeting Watts, waiting for her in the parking deck across the street from the Proscenium building. But detectives told Rowson they now have no indication she was a target, that she may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Detectives told Rowson several women in the office building told them Thandiwe was "very over-bearing."

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Investigators said two others were hurt as Thandiwe fled from the garage and were found outside. One person was shot in the leg; the other was shot in the back.

The two injured victims, Lauren Garcia, 23, and Tiffany Ferenczy, 24, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Downtown Atlanta, where they are listed in satisfactory condition.

Police said the Garcia and Ferenczy were struck by gunfire as the car Thandiwe was driving left the garage.

Garcia and Ferenczy worked in the Proscenium building for MSL Atlanta, the local branch of a national public relations firm. It is not clear if the suspect knew them or if they were random victims.

MSL Group, parent of MSL Atlanta, released a statement late Friday afternoon regarding the condition of the two injured women.

At noon today, two of our Atlanta employees were wounded in a senseless shooting outside our office in Midtown Atlanta. The rest of our employees are 100% accounted for and safe.

Both our employees, Lauren Garcia, a 23-year-old intern and Tiffany Ferenczy, a 24-year-old assistant account executive were taken immediately to Grady Memorial Hospital's trauma unit. Their families have been notified and were joined at Grady by MSL Atlanta senior leadership. At this time, we don't know the extent of their injuries, but thankfully we know that they are both alive and in stable condition. We are cooperating with the Atlanta Police Department in their investigation.

This situation is unimaginable, but we remain positive and our thoughts and prayers are with our Atlanta colleagues, their families and our staff.

Friday afternoon investigators said they were looking for a black Toyota Prius with Georgia license tag number BUC-2324. The car belonged to Watts, the shooting victim.

Just last month, three teens were shot a few blocks away near Crescent and 10th Street. 

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