Man shot during attempted robbery in West End has died

Atlanta police on Monday confirmed the death of 39-year-old Donte J. Morgan.
Atlanta police on Monday confirmed the death of 39-year-old Donte J. Morgan.

A man who was shot in the chest during an attempted robbery in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood has died.

Atlanta police on Monday confirmed the death of 39-year-old Donte J. Morgan. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said he had a North Carolina address.

Officers found Morgan with a gunshot wound to the chest when they responded to the 800 block of Oglethorpe Avenue shortly after midnight Sunday, according to police.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Morgan’s sister, Tiffany Lawson, told AJC.com that her brother was in town visiting family and had just arrived earlier that day.

“He was the father of five amazing kids and was only in town to visit with me and his younger brother Gionni Matthews,” Lawson said. “They killed my brother for three pairs of shoes and a YSL handbag.”

Lawson said she and her brothers were at Matthews’ apartment and that Morgan had gone outside to change his shoes. She said three men targeted Morgan as he opened his trunk and that they shot him after they had already taken several items. In another tragic twist, she noted that their mother died on the same day 15 years ago.

Police did not specify if anything was taken from Morgan. No arrests have been made in the incident.

An investigation is ongoing.