“As soon as I tell you that, the media would be all over it,” he said. “We are going to hold what we have until we come to a conclusion. I hate to be that way with you, but it is important for us to get this right.”
Pickard confirmed police have recovered a handgun, but he would not identify its make and model. Crane said it was a .38 snub-nose revolver.
The incident report Atlanta police have released to the public does not say why the driver took Diane McIver to Emory University Hospital when Piedmont Hospital is less than half the distance from the shooting scene.
“I couldn’t answer that,” Pickard said. “I would just say that people tend to do what they are familiar with. If that is a hospital they [have been to] frequently, that might be something they are familiar with.”
Pickard also denied that the McIvers’ high profile is affecting how long authorities are taking in their investigation. Claud McIver is the vice chairman of the Georgia State Election Board and his wife was president of Corey Airport Services, a marketing company based in Atlanta.
“We are taking our time on this one,” Pickard said. “Our investigation is still ongoing.”
Map: How the McIver shooting unfolded