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Man accused of firing 29 shots near children arrested on drug, gun charges in Atlanta
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Man accused of firing 29 shots near children arrested on drug, gun charges in Atlanta

Man accused of firing 29 shots near children arrested on drug, gun charges in Atlanta
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Man accused of firing 29 shots near children arrested on drug, gun charges in Atlanta

Atlanta police have arrested a Senoia man suspected of firing at least 29 rounds from the window of his car as children played nearby, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael Hanson, 41, faces a host of drug charges after officers discovered 1.2 pounds of marijuana, 6.5 grams of cocaine packaged in 22 baggies, crack and manufactured THC oil inside his car, police said. Officers also found a handgun with an extended magazine that may have been used in a July 11 shooting on Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta, authorities said. 

Hanson was arrested Sunday afternoon after an officer spotted him driving his gray 2008 Dodge Charger on McDaniel Street, according to an Atlanta Police Department incident report. 

As officers approached the vehicle, they reportedly noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside. Hanson was detained and authorities found drugs, the gun and more than $1,467 in cash inside the Charger.

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Atlanta police arrested a Senoia man on drug and weapons charges Sunday afternoon. Michael Hanson, 41, is also suspected of firing a gun out his window as children played nearby.
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Man accused of firing 29 shots near Atlanta children arrested on drug, gun charges

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Atlanta police arrested a Senoia man on drug and weapons charges Sunday afternoon. Michael Hanson, 41, is also suspected of firing a gun out his window as children played nearby.

According to police, Hanson is a felon who is not allowed to possess any firearms. 

Hanson spent about 10 months in prison after being convicted of aggravated assault, reckless conduct and weapons charges in Coweta County, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. He was released in May 2017, prison records show. 

He now faces one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He has not been charged in connection with the July 11 shooting, which remains under investigation by the APD’s gun assault unit, police said. 

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Hanson remains held at the Fulton County jail without bond, records show.  

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