This is pretty much a residential property's worst nightmare - a resident gets shot on the property, followed by the media talking about how scary and dangerous the place is. A lot of the quotes in the article are actually very positive about the property, which is the Pencil Factory Lofts just east of GSU on Decatur St. Residents call it "fairly quiet," say they never felt unsafe before, and that the incident is shocking. Still, one guy has to pull the "hey, this is downtown" card, which is annoying, like you just sign up for this stuff, y'know?
My problem is that the article indicates the victim was a GSU student who was apparently shot by someone he knew. The police think it might have involved selling drugs. It isn't like this is some random drive by in the sketchy part of town, and "you better watch out, because you never know what could happen in this scary part of town." The lesson is more, "don't hang out with drug dealers."
Maybe the AJC can focus less on what a scary place Downtown can be, and more on wtf a GSU student is doing selling drugs and hanging out with dudes that want to shoot him? I'm not naive - this stuff goes on all the time at every college campus in the nation. It went on at Michigan, and I'm sure it goes on at UGA. I don't remember anyone getting shot, but there were plenty of drugs in Ann Arbor and plenty of drug dealers who were crazy enough to carry guns around. But if the media is going to cover the story, maybe that's a better angle?
I suspect that GSU's location in a major metropolitan area (rather than simply in scary ole Downtown) means the professionalism of campus drug dealers is higher than at Michigan or UGA, and so guys with guns are more likely. Either way, I'm not sure the emphasis on the perceived danger of the location is fair.