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Student-athlete fatally shot near Clark Atlanta University campus

The victim was identified as Jatonne Sterling, 20, a Chicago native who was a member of the baseball team.
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Police are searching for the person who fatally shot a Clark Atlanta University student-athlete near campus Tuesday afternoon.

The university identified the victim as Jatonne Sterling, 20, a sophomore member of the baseball team who hailed from Chicago. 

Atlanta police responded to a report of a person shot shortly before 2 p.m. at 809 Beckwith St. SW, the address of the Lyke House Catholic Center at Atlanta University Center.

Jatonne Sterling was a sophomore baseball player for Clark Atlanta University.
Jatonne Sterling was a sophomore baseball player for Clark Atlanta University.CAU Athletics

Officers found Sterling suffering a gunshot wound, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Homicide investigators are probing the circumstances. It's not clear whether the attack was random or targeted.

Police said Wednesday that "the investigation remains highly active and ongoing at this time."

The university's athletics department paid tribute to Sterling on social media, writing: "Clark Atlanta Athletics send its condolences to Jatonne Sterling’s family and friends. Gone too soon. Please keep Jatonne’s family in your prayers."