Atlanta police said on Monday that they are responding to a shooting, and told people to avoid the city's midtown area.

"We are currently working an active situation in Midtown. Preliminary information indicates three people have been shot," the Atlanta Police Department said in a tweet just after 2:40 p.m. local time.

"The shooter is not in custody and we have multiple officers in the area searching for the suspect," it added.

Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

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