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The man accused of opening fire in an Atlanta medical facility was charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault, jail records showed Thursday.

Deion Duwane Patterson, 24, is accused of shooting five women before he evaded police during an eight-hour-long manhunt Wednesday, officials said.

He did not appear in court as scheduled Thursday, waiving his right to see a judge within 24 hours of his arrest. His next scheduled court date was not immediately set.

Amy St. Pierre, 39, an employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was killed with a semi-automatic handgun, Atlanta Police Officer Scott Demeester wrote in an affidavit.

In a statement posted Thursday to Twitter, the CDC said: “CDC is deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of a colleague killed yesterday in the Midtown Atlanta shooting. Our hearts are with her family, friends, and colleagues as they remember her and grieve this tragic loss.”

Court papers identified the four women who were wounded as Lisa Glynn, Georgette Whitlow, Jazzmin Daniel and Alesha Hollinger. They are ages 25 to 71.

Glynn and Daniel were shot in the abdomen, Whitlow in the arm and Hollinger in the face, according to the arrest affidavit. The shooting occurred at 1110 W. Peachtree St. between 11:59 a.m. and 12:08 p.m., according to the court papers.

Three of the wounded remained in intensive care of Grady Memorial Hospital, and two of them will return to the operating room Thursday, said Dr. Robert Jansen, the facility’s chief medical officer.

“This is unfortunately a fairly routine thing after these types of injuries,” Jansen told reporters. “You can’t do everything during the first operation.”

Daniel, 25, had been working in patient intake in the Northside Hospital facility for six months, said her father, Quentin Daniel.

He said that even though she is in critical condition and breathing through a tube, doctors have told him they are confident she will recover from gunshot wounds to her chest and pelvis.

“She’s a jolly, cheerful person who loves her family,” Daniel said Thursday of his daughter, who is a new mom. “Her 1-year-old didn’t sleep well last night without his mother.”

It was the latest in a string of mass shootings that have been plaguing America. Five people were killed in a bank in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 10, and six people died when gunfire erupted in a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27.

“We have had a mass shooting in this country virtually every day this year, and I’m afraid we’re becoming numb to it,” Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., said Thursday on MSNBC. “I’m afraid that we are behaving as if this is normal. This is not normal, to live in a country where no one is safe, no matter where they are.”

Warnock spoke from the Senate floor Wednesday, saying his two children were caught up in the school lockdowns that were ordered immediately after the shooting.

Cristian Santana, Polly DeFrank, Ryan Beckler, Donna Mendell, Toby Lyles and Diane Morales contributed.

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