Atlanta homicide investigators were on the scene of fatal shooting in the 2500 block of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway on Thurs., Aug. 27, 2015. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Fatal shooting followed ‘barbecue party’ at NW Atlanta barber shop

An overnight “barbecue party” at a northwest Atlanta barber shop ended in gunfire that left a man dead early Thursday, police said.

The shooting happened just before 6 a.m. in the parking lot of the Boyz in the Hood Barber Shop in the 2500 block of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway near Commercial Avenue, Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said.

When police got to the scene, they found a man in his late 20s with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe the victim, identified by Channel 2 Action News as Willie Kirkpatrick, was shot following the party — described as an annual celebration for a dead person. Detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting, Atlanta police Lt. Charles Hampton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We believe that there are several people that may have been out here,” he said.

Hampton asked that anyone with information on the party or the shooting call police or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.

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