Phillips’ sister, Patsy Brown, told Channel 2 that her brother was in the process of moving out of the neighborhood, kept to himself and was dealing with an illness.
“He had walked to the store and he leaned over to rest a while, because he has gout and arthritis real bad, and somebody drove by and just shot,” Brown told Channel 2.
Witnesses told police that a blue car drove up and the shots were fired out a passenger window.
Police were also reviewing surveillance video from the 24-hour store, but have not determined a motive for the slaying.
Anyone with information that may help investigators is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Callers do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment.
— Staff writer Jon Gargis contributed to this report.