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Atlanta shooting suspect’s mom claims son had a mental break from medication prescribed by the VA

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Police and emergency workers gather in Atlanta on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. Police say a shooter opened fire inside the Northside Medical building. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Atlanta, GA– The 24-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a medical building Wednesday has been arrested.
Deion Patterson was captured Wednesday evening after an hours-long manhunt, however, authorities did not release any information on where he was taken into custody.
Patterson was said to have shot five women in the waiting room on the 11th floor of the Northside Medical building after his medical appointment.
A 39-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the facility while the other women ages 25, 39, 56, and 71 were left critically injured.
After the shooting, Patterson was said to have stolen a vehicle and fled the scene.
Authorities received reports that the stolen vehicle had been spotted in Cobb County which set off a large police hunt.
The vehicle was eventually located in a mix-use facility called the Battery, where the Atlanta Braves play.
Patterson’s family is said to be cooperating with authorities.
In addition, the suspect’s mother Minyone Patterson, spoke briefly with The Associated Press about her son. The mother told the publication that her son is a former Coast Guardsman who was struggling with anxiety and depression. The mother went on to say that her son had been prescribed a new medication from the Veterans Affairs Health system Friday but had “some mental instability going on” from the medication. Patterson and his mother, a nurse, say they preferred to have Ativan to help him deal with his mental health, but the VA refused to prescribe it to him because they felt it would be “too addicting.”
“Those families, those families,” she told the Associated Press, starting to sob. “They’re hurting because they wouldn’t give my son his damn Ativan. Those families lost their loved ones because he had a mental break because they wouldn’t listen to me.”
The mother ended the call with The Associated Press before telling them what medication her son was prescribed before the shooting.

Patterson has been charged with murder and four counts of assault among other charges.