I was eating lunch with a former coworker yesterday at the Hudson Grille in Midtown when Mr. Patterson decided to open fire in the Northside Medical offices. We were literally two blocks away from where all the action unfolded. I knew something was up on my way home because the traffic along 10th Street was crazy due to several northbound routes being blocked by police cars, but I had no clue as to what had transpired. My friend called me about 15 minutes later to tell me what was going on.
But the excitement didn’t stay in Midtown. Mr. Patterson stole a truck and escaped up near where I live – to the Battery/Truist Park and where the ATL Braves play. My local middle school was placed on lockdown because of the manhunt due to Mr. Patterson allegedly being in the area. The gunman was eventually apprehended about 3 miles from the middle school at a condo complex near the Battery around 8 p.m. last night. Suffice it to say, we stayed in last night and breathed a sigh of relief when we heard he’d been captured.
Today, the deflect the blame game began. His mom was interviewed by the media and stated her son was mad because the doctor didn’t prescribe the exact medication he wanted. Claims were also made about the lack of sufficient mental health care services provided by the VA and now the VA higher-ups are frantically trying to cover their assets. The mayor and several politicians blamed “the guns.” It was also reported in the media that Mr. Patterson had served in the Coast Guard, so I assume weapons use was a part of his training.
Novel idea here: how about placing the blame for what happened yesterday squarely where it belongs – on Deion Patterson? He did it.