She spoke to reporters a few days after a shooter killed 36-year-old store owner Saiful Bhuyia of Dunwoody in his car and critically injured his passenger, Rizanul Islam.
“Our investigators are following all leads,” Officer Stephanie Brown said Thursday.
So far, officers have learned that two men in another vehicle approached them, Brown said. One of the men shot into the victims’ car.
When officers arrived, they found Bhuyia dead in his seat and Islam in critical condition, Brown said.
On Thursday, police released a video of the incident, hoping someone will provide information that leads to an arrest.
In the video, a white vehicle approaches the victims’ car and two men jump out. It’s clear the victims tried to flee, but both were shot. Bhuyia died at the scene, police said, and Islam was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
A community vigil for Bhuyia was held Wednesday night.
At the vigil, community members cited the nearby M. Agnes Jones Elementary School as a reason safety should be more of a priority in the area, which is minutes away from the university center in southwest Atlanta.
Shawn Walton, a resident in the community, told Channel 2 no one would have wished death on Bhuyia and his family.
“They were standup people,” Walton said. “And they took a risk to be here, and we’re grateful for that risk they took.”
It’s a familiar refrain from community members. Many of them also described the previous store owner, Baik Sung, as a good person.
Margaret Doubt, a 40-year-old single mother of five who lived near the store seven years ago, said she couldn’t understand why anyone would want to kill the man affectionately known as “Paw Paw.”
Doubt said the man gave her credit one time when she was waiting for her paycheck.
“He always let me do it,” she said. “I always paid him back."
“He was such a good man.”
A native of South Korea, Sung had owned Southern Supermarket for more than 30 years when he was stabbed to death.