Suspect in deadly Atlanta rooming house shooting arrested

A man who shot and killed another man at a northwest Atlanta rooming house last week was arrested, police said Friday.

Devin Dewayne Mitchell was captured by the U.S. Marshals Southern Regional Task Force on Tuesday, Atlanta police Officer Jarius Daugherty told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mitchell was being held in the Fulton County jail without bond on charges of murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

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According to Atlanta police, Mitchell shot 31-year-old Ernest Baker Jr. at the house in the 100 block of West Lake Avenue just before midnight May 28. Baker was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and died.

At the time, Atlanta police Lt. Carven Tyus said the men knew each other “and there was an altercation that just turned deadly,” Channel 2 Action News reported.

Hours before the deadly shooting, Baker was involved in a confrontation with one or more people in the front yard.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

A witness told investigators one of the individuals claimed Baker stabbed him with a knife during the altercation, police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender said.

About two hours later, police responded to the rooming home regarding the shooting, Channel 2 reported. The gunman, later identified as Mitchell, shot at the outside of the house, realized Baker was not hit and charged inside.

Baker was shot several times in the chest in a bedroom.