Suspect, victim in fatal SE Atlanta shooting knew each other, police say

Credit: NewsChopper 2

Credit: NewsChopper 2

A suspect and victim involved in a brazen shooting Thursday afternoon in southeast Atlanta were acquaintances involved in a dispute, police said.

Atlanta police continue to investigate the incident, which took place near an American Deli in Grant Park, a department spokesman confirmed. Video footage from NewsChopper 2 showed yellow caution tape strung around the parking lot of the restaurant on Hill Street just north of I-20 and not far from Oakland Cemetery.

“Currently, detectives believe the shooting was the result of an escalating domestic dispute between known acquaintances,” a police spokeswoman said Friday.

According to Channel 2 Action News, the victim was a 22-year-old man. No other details have been released about the circumstances around the shooting or the identity of the victim. Though investigators determined the two men knew each other, police did not say if the suspect had been identified.

The shooting took place around 4 p.m. Security video footage from a nearby gas station showed the suspect running through the station’s parking lot and firing a handgun at the victim just up the street, Channel 2 reported. Customers could be seen scattering away from the shooter as he fired multiple rounds.

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