Atlanta police released surveillance footage Monday afternoon in the shooting deaths of two men inside an Atlanta recording studio.
The video shows five men entering The Metropolitan one by one, some with handguns. The men entered through an unlocked door carrying a guns and a laptop.
Police are not sure whether or not the men were pretending to be recording artists when they entered the studio.
Another man served as a lookout. A fourth man can be seen in the video leaving once shots were fired.Moments after they entered, after a hail of gunfire, four men can be seen rushing out the studio.
The fifth man to enter, Nathan Hannon, 27, of Atlanta, was killed in the shooting, police said. The incident lasted more than 10 minutes.
“We don’t know if that person was shot accidentally by the other four bad guys or if someone from within the studio returned fire,” Atlanta police Det. Vincent Velazquez said.
Police are still searching for the people responsible for the April 21 shooting, which also left 28-year-old aspiring rapper Jerome Blake dead.
Hannon and Blake were shot about 8:30 p.m. at the studio, which is in a mixed-use space on Metropolitan Parkway and Bronner Brothers Way that houses offices and living areas. The motive remained unclear Monday.
The victims’ families had not seen the footage until after the press conference Monday, but may have identified one of the men in the video.
“This boy has been with Jerome,” Gregory Ross, uncle of Jerome Blake told Channel 2 Action News. The guy he pointed to was the first man who entered the studio. “I’ve seen him on more than one occassion.”
“Whether it’s robbery or whether it’s some type of motive to kill somebody, we’ll know later,” Velazquez said. “But it’s certainly intentional.”
Velazquez said he thinks the men will be identified no later than tomorrow.
“Turn yourself in or at least come in and talk to us to tell us your version of events,” he said.
Police don’t believe this shooting is related to Atlanta rapper Bankroll Fresh’s killing. The rapper, whose real name is Trentavious White, was killed in an Atlanta recording studio in March.
Anyone with information about the men in the video is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477. Tipsters will remain anonymous.