Police: Man dies after being shot with pellet gun in downtown Atlanta

Credit: Atlanta police

Credit: Atlanta police

Police are hoping the public can provide them with tips after a man was shot with a pellet gun Wednesday afternoon in downtown Atlanta and later died from his wounds.

Horace Meadows, 52, was found injured on Forsyth Street south of Trinity Avenue just before 4 p.m., according to Atlanta police. He was taken to a hospital but later died.

“Mr. Meadows was shot with a pellet gun by an unknown assailant, and we are asking for help from the public to bring the person or persons responsible for this crime to justice,” police said in a flyer circulated by Crime Stoppers.

The police department also released photos of the victim with the hopes of developing leads in the case.

The fatal shooting comes exactly a week after a man was shot while attempting to steal a backpack that contained illegal drugs at the Greyhound bus station just down the street, according to information previously released by police. That incident resulted in the arrests of both the robbery suspect and victim, police said.

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The robbery suspect allegedly grabbed the backpack from one man but was shot soon after by a third man, police said. The robbery suspect was taken to the hospital and the owner of the backpack was arrested on multiple charges. The third man, who police said shot the robbery suspect, has not been identified.

Anyone with information on Meadows’ fatal shooting is asked to come forward. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.