Four Students Injured in Shooting Atlanta University Center Block Party are Identified

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Erin Ennis took to social media Wednesday thanking people for their prayers and well wishes.

“A bullet will reside in my leg for the rest of my life,”the Clark Atlanta University student posted on Instagram, “but at least I have a life period.”

Ennis was one of four students shot Tuesday night at a block party outside the Atlanta University Center’s library. They were with about 200 other students marking the beginning of the school year.

Ennis, 18, of Powder Springs, Maia Williams-McLaren, 18, of Boston; Elyse Spencer, 18, of Rochester, New York.; and Kia Thomas, 19 of Jonesboro had injuries ranging from graze wounds to gunshot wounds.


Thomas, a junior at Clark Atlanta, is a decorated volleyball standout, university officials confirmed, and was honored in 2017 as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the 2018 preseason offensive player of the year and was recently selected for the 2019 preseason all-conference volleyball first team. She is a 2017 graduate of Coweta County’s Northgate High School.

Police say an argument between two parties appears to have occurred before the shooting. The injured students were not the intended targets.

“I’m just trying to process a lot of things,” Tiffany Williams, the mother of Spelman College student Maia Williams-McClaren, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: Atlanta Journal Constitution, by Shelia Poole Marlon A. Walker Jennifer Brett and Ty Tagami