Video released in McDaniel Street shooting investigation

Atlanta Police made new security footage available to the public Wednesday, hoping it would aid their investigation into Saturday’s fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man.

“(The video) depicts an individual going into a vehicle and pulling out what we believe to be an AK-47,” said Capt. Paul Guerrucci, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Homicide Unit, in footage from a press conference Wednesday. “That is consistent with casings that were discovered at the scene.”

A police incident report identified the victim as Demetrius Davis of Atlanta. He was shot multiple times.

The recently released videos depict a number of cars passing by 1029 McDaniel St., where the body was found. They also show the patrons of the nearby JVC Grocery store, which police believe may include suspects involved in the killing.

Police believe that anywhere between four and 10 individuals were involved in Davis’ death.

“We have not established a direct motive, but we do believe the victim was a direct target,” Guerrucci said. “We do not believe it was a random act of shooting an individual on the sidewalk.”

Guerrucci said there was no evidence of gang-related activity regarding the death in the rough Pittsburgh neighborhood. A 62-year-old man, Obie Phillips, was shot and killed at the same location in October — an apparently random act that did not have a clear motive.

Back in 2012, the grocery store drew headlines after several men were videotaped beating a gay man. Three men went to prison for that beating.

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