Atlanta police officials will review the “chaos” that ensued last Friday after a defendant on trial started a shooting spree, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quotes Police Chief Richard Pennington as saying. The newspaper says that law-enforcement officials took nearly an hour to launch a coordinated search for the shooter.
In the first critical minutes while Brian Gene Nichols was on the run, dozens of officers from numerous police agencies rushed to the Fulton County Courthouse, even as authorities learned that the fugitive had embarked on a carjacking spree across downtown Atlanta. When a deputy police chief arrived on the scene at 9:30 a.m., almost half an hour after the shootings were reported, there were “deputy sheriffs running all over the place,” Pennington said. “We want to know what everybody did,” he added, “so if this happens again, we’ll be better coordinated.”