Man already in jail charged with murder in 2019 SE Atlanta shooting

Atlanta police have charged a Fulton County inmate with murder in connection with a 2019 shooting that left a man confined to a wheelchair until his death two months ago.
Atlanta police have charged a Fulton County inmate with murder in connection with a 2019 shooting that left a man confined to a wheelchair until his death two months ago.

A Fulton County inmate was charged with murder last week, nearly two years after Atlanta police said he shot a man during an argument in southeast Atlanta.

Lorenzo Harris, 43, was arrested Jan. 6 on an aggravated assault charge, online jail records show. Four days later, he was served a murder warrant stemming from an unrelated 2019 shooting that left a man confined to a wheelchair until his death two months ago, police announced Friday.

According to the incident report, officers responded to a shooting at an apartment complex on Vanira Avenue the evening of March 26, 2019, and found 38-year-old Larry Jones with a gunshot wound to the back.

Jones was rushed to the hospital, where he reportedly told detectives that a man backing up a Dodge pickup truck got angry and began shooting when Jones told him, “don’t hit my car, you’re too close.”

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Jones’ car was shot about four times, police said, and one of the bullets passed through the trunk and into the back of his seat. Jones lived for more than a year and a half after the shooting, but died in late 2020, just two days after Thanksgiving, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said.

An autopsy determined that Jones, who was 40 at the time of his death, died as a result of injuries sustained in the 2019 shooting. It wasn’t immediately clear Friday afternoon how detectives identified Harris as the suspected gunman.

Harris was being held Friday at the Fulton County Jail without bond.

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