Police are investigating what appears to be a targeted shooting. Two men were found dead in a vehicle on a major northeast Atlanta road.

2 men found shot to death in SUV in NE Atlanta

Police are investigating what appears to be a targeted shooting after two men were found dead in a vehicle on a major northeast Atlanta road. 

The bodies of Kyle Booth and Byron Edwards, both of whom are 28 years old and from California, were discovered in a red Kia Sorento in the 2500 block of Lenox Road early Tuesday, according to Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant.

Atlanta police investigate a scene on Cheshire Bridge Road after two men were found shot to death in a car.
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Officers went to the scene about 4 a.m., Grant said.

“Investigators are ... working to determine the circumstances surrounding what appears to be a targeted shooting,” he said. 

The vehicle is believed to have been traveling through the intersection of Buford Highway and Lenox Road when the shooting happened.

“We’re trying to find witnesses,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Lt. Andrea Webster told Channel 2 Action News from the scene. “We’re trying to find surveillance cameras. And we’re trying to retrace where the victims may have been earlier this evening.”

Police do not know what led to the gunfire.

“We don’t have any idea who our perpetrators are,” Webster said. “We have recovered a large amount of ballistics evidence at the intersection so we do believe it happened in the roadway and the victims’ vehicle traveled backward sometime after the shooting.”

Channel 2 counted at least 33 evidence markers on the scene, which was roped off by caution tape for hours during the investigation.


 

On Friday morning, investigators released video of three potential witnesses seen driving through the intersection about the time of the shooting. Investigators believe the drivers may have seen the fatal double shooting or at least what led to it.

Anyone with information about the incident or the potential witnesses is asked to contact police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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