19-year-old arrested in shooting death of driver who crashed on I-20

Alphonso McCoy, 19, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Solomon Howard.
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Alphonso McCoy, 19, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Solomon Howard.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the case of a man found shot dead in his Land Rover on I-20 near downtown Atlanta last month.

Alphonso McCoy was arrested without incident and charged with felony counts of murder and aggravated assault, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer TaSheena Brown said. McCoy was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of Solomon Howard, 33, who was dead in the driver’s seat when Atlanta police responded to a single-car wreck Feb. 25.

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Howard was found slumped inside his orange Land Rover SUV on the I-20 East ramp to the Downtown Connector, Brown said. Police shut down the interstate for several hours while they investigated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Investigators believe Howard was shot at a business in the 900 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard before he drove onto I-20, Brown said. In the course of their investigation, McCoy was identified as a suspect and police were able to locate him Thursday in northwest Atlanta.

Howard’s death was one of four deadly interstate shootings that have snarled Atlanta traffic this year. The latest shooting, which shut down I-85 in Gwinnett County last Friday, claimed the life of Houston rapper Chucky Trill.

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The 33-year-old rapper, whose legal name was Corey Detiege, was discovered shot inside a vehicle near the Jimmy Carter Boulevard exit and later died at a hospital. He was visiting Atlanta for the NBA All-Star Game, his manager confirmed to the Houston Chronicle.

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