Teen accused of shooting man during deadly carjacking

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Detavion Veal, 17, was arrested Wednesday in the death of Martin Hvizda, Atlanta police said.
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  • Detavion Veal, 17, was arrested Wednesday in the death of Martin Hvizda.
  • His charges include murder and receiving stolen property.

A teenager is in jail accused of shooting and killing a man in a southwest Atlanta carjacking in September.

Detavion Veal, 17, was arrested Wednesday in the death of Martin Hvizda, Atlanta police said.

Hvizda, 31, was found dead Sept. 16 in the 500 block of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard.

“The shooting appears to have been a result of a motor vehicle hijacking,” Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown said at the time. “And the unknown suspects fled the area in the victim’s vehicle.”

Martin Hvizda was shot to death in a carjacking in September. (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)

“It appears they were just looking for a ride home,” Maj. Adam Lee III told Channel 2 Action News about the incident Thursday.

Video surveillance of the incident was released about a week later, as well as a description of the victim’s silver Infiniti FX, as part of police efforts to track down the shooter.

Tips from the public led police to Veal.

“It was 100 percent Crime Stoppers tips,” Lee said. “That’s why we want to emphasize using Crime Stoppers.”

Veal faces charges of murder, felony theft by receiving stolen property, having an expired license or no license, erratically changing lanes and failure to report striking a fixed object, according to jail records.

Police are seeking three other people who were with Veal at the time of the shooting, Channel 2 reported.

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