Police in Atlanta are investigating a deadly incident that unfolded in broad daylight near a McDonald’s in the city’s West End on Wednesday afternoon. The victim is 30-year-old Tamanika Woods.
An altercation that took a fatal turn around 3 p.m. at this McDonald’s location on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW is at the heart of the investigation. “An escalating dispute between customers appears to be the motive,” explained Lt. Germain Dearlove of the Atlanta Police.
Whether the fatal shooting took place inside or outside the fast-food establishment remains unclear. However, bystanders managed to detain the shooter until law enforcement arrived at the scene.
After being shot, Woods was emergently transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where, unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries.
A friend, who requested anonymity, mourned the loss, struggling to fathom the violent end her friend had met. “I never would’ve seen this happening,” she lamented. She also commended Woods as a humble, kind spirit who was centered around her family. Widely cherished, Wood’s tragic demise has undoubtedly brought grief to many who knew her. “She will be truly missed,” the friend added.
Atlanta police later identified the shooter as 19-year-old T’Niya Evans. On Thursday, she was formally charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and theft by accepting stolen property. Evans has since been taken into custody and is presently held at Fulton County Jail pending her court appearance slated for Friday.