- Ellen Eldridge The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Video surveillance shows three masked people responsible for the particularly heinous shooting of an Atlanta restaurant manager Sunday, police said.
Chelsea Beller of Atlanta was forced upstairs to open a safe during a robbery by three masked suspects at Barcelona Wine Bar on Howell Mill Road, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The rest of the employees were tied up with electrical tape, police said.
After opening the safe, Beller was shot in the shoulder and later died at Grady Memorial Hospital.
While police know three people are responsible, they are asking for the public’s help in identifying them and have issued a higher-than-usual reward, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said Monday in a statement.
The usual $2,000 Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment is more than tripled at $7,000.
“No crime against our citizens, anywhere in the city, is acceptable,” Campos said. “But the robbery and murder of an innocent restaurant manager doing her job is a terrible crime that has shocked even the most jaded among us here at APD.”
Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and robbery and ask anyone with information to provide an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers Atlanta by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477).