Police release photo of Vine City shooting suspect

Police are looking to identify a man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting Aug. 30 outside a Vine City convenience store.
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Police are looking to identify a man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting Aug. 30 outside a Vine City convenience store.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Reward increased to $5,000

More than a month after a Florida man was shot and killed in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood, police have increased the reward for information in the case to $5,000.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Atlanta homicide detectives released a photo of one of the two men accused of gunning down 28-year-old Markeece Jenkins outside a convenience store near Rodney Cook Sr. Park.

Jenkins, who had an Orlando address, was shot about 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the 600 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. When police arrived, officers found him with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital but died from his injuries.

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“Two individuals ran up on him and that led to the shooting,” Detective David Jenkins told reporters at APD’s public safety headquarters Thursday.

Police viewed nearby surveillance footage and were able to uncover “multiple angles” of the deadly shooting, he said. A photo released Thursday appears to show a man with short dreadlocks wearing black clothes and red Crocs inside a store around the time of the shooting.

Lt. Daniel Jenson, commander of APD’s homicide unit, said investigators have already identified another suspect in the case and obtained warrants for his arrest. Police declined to release his name or say what charges he faces.

The August shooting was one of at least 122 homicides the department has investigated since the start of the year. Jenson told reporters he hopes to revisit older cases more often in an effort to generate new leads from the public that could lead to additional arrests.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Atlanta police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for the $5,000 reward, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.