Car found in connection to fatal shooting of local dancer

Police found a burgundy Mustang matching the description of one used in a weekend shooting that left a 35-year-old dancer dead.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, Bernard Gunnell was in a minivan on Delowe Drive in East Point when police say a man standing outside a Mustang started shooting an AK-47 at the vehicle, according to Channel 2 Action News. Gunnell, known in the local dance world as Mickey Mouse, was killed. A bullet grazed the driver of the minivan.

Detectives released a dark, grainy image of the Mustang. After local television stations aired that image, an Atlanta police officer called East Point police with a tip: He had seen the car at an apartment complex off Alison Court.

“I’m so happy,” Gunnell’s brother, Derrick Couch, told Channel 2. “You don’t even understand. It’s like I just hit the big game.”

Couch was in the minivan with Gunnell at the time of the shooting, which police think was random.

“It could have been anybody,” Couch told Channel 2. “An elderly couple. Anybody in that car that could have got shot. Why? What was your purpose?”

Detectives are still searching for the shooter.

The Mustang is headed to the GBI crime lab where it will be picked apart for evidence.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.