Man Killed in Friday Afternoon Shooting at Ponce and Moreland

Atlanta police are looking for two or more vehicles that were apparently involved in the fatal incident.


A man was shot to death at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Moreland Avenue on Friday afternoon, and police are searching for suspects.

The Atlanta Police Department says that a man was apparently shot multiple times while sitting in his car at the intersection around 4 p.m.

According to an APD news release, the victim was traveling northbound on Moreland Ave approaching Ponce De Leon when "suspects approached him and fired multiple times. The victim's vehicle then continued through the intersection coming to rest on the north east corner. It appears that there may be two suspect vehicles and multiple suspects involved."

An employee of the Exxon station at the busy intersection told Patch that a customer came in and asked her to call 911 because somebody had been shot outside. The clerk, who asked not to be named, said she looked outside and saw a dark-colored pickup truck speed away.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information on the incident call Atlanta Police Homicide Investigators at 404-546-4235 or call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2000. 

Arlene Lewis October 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
What the hell did the gunmen look like? What did their vehicles look like, other than one being a black pickup truck? Why is this not being disclosed??????
Stephen W. Ramsden October 06, 2012 at 12:33 PM
my beloved neighborhood is victim to another fatal crime.... life is precious man, WTF?
Sheep Dog October 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Maybe because no one has that info.
Kwood Puff October 06, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I believe there are traffic cameras there. Hopefully they recorded a good shot of this awful crime.
Chris Murphy October 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
4 PM a Ponce & Moreland? There would've had to have been 100 witnesses.
Brian Gross October 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hopefully this was a criminal-on-criminal targeted murder.
Anna Varela (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Readers, police have not yet released descriptions of the suspects or their vehicles. We will share that Info with the community as soon as they do.
Victor Cooper October 06, 2012 at 02:51 PM
RE: Brian Gross: Probably right.
nonya business October 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
@Brian, it was NOT a criminal-on-criminal targeted murder... i knew the young man. and regardless thats someone son, have some respect.
Rose October 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
so what was it then, nonya? if you have details please divulge them to the police. i don't think it's disrespectful for people to hope it was something criminal rather than random. it's sad the young man lost his life indeed, but if it was a random killing, then we all have more reason to fear.
Rob Shields October 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I drive past 10 min after the incident (on my way to pick up my daughter at her elementary school which is about 100 yards away.) There were only 2 cruisers at the time - they had not yet cordoned off the entire intersection. I though it was a typical car crash at this busy intersection. But then I noticed about 7 tightly clustered bullet holes on the passenger side car door. I was trying to think through how this could be anything other than a 'hit.' Other reports say the shooters exited their vehicles and approached the victim's car on foot. They must have been holding guns at hip level. I didn't know you could shoot through a car door so easily. Apparently, they did because they only put 2 through the window. Clearly the shooters wanted to make sure that they finished what they started. This is such a brazen crime. I am shocked that a truck and and SUV could simply drive away from this intersection without being caught. Let's hope they are quickly brought to justice.
Jenn October 06, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I was walking my dog around the corner from the incident and heard multiple shots then a scream. My boyfriend and I put the dog in the house and walked down to where it sounded like the incident had happened and no one seemed to know what happened. We were on the scene as police and the fire department were showing up and it seemed like there were no witnesses who stopped! We couldn't believe it! The intersection must have been packed as usual and multiple cars pumping gas at the Exxon Station. Where are the people that were there at that time?? Someone needs to speak up and provide more information.
Anonymous October 06, 2012 at 11:15 PM
the black escalade swerved into oncoming traffic northbound on moreland as soon as the white sedan turned right onto ponce. there was honking as the SUV blocked the intersection...the escalade was briefly stopped before 7 shots were fired..(from what other sources say, 2 individuals got out and approached the sedan, after failing to get the car door open, they started shooting) the 'other suspects' that sped away looked frightened, not guilty. several people sped off...it's kind of a natural response to not stick around when you hear gun shots. it was very hard to understand what happened as the lights were changing. no one seemed to grasp that someone had been shot.
bluemoon1205 October 06, 2012 at 11:32 PM
My husband was there on his bike. He saw two black males running toward Paideia School and did not realize someone had been shot until he got closer to Ponce. He stayed and spoke to the cops. When shots are heard, no one is going to hang around. I think that is a wise thing to do. I wonder why someone wanted to kill that man and how can we keep thugs out of our neighborhood. My kid goes to Paidiea.
Anonymous October 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Also, people reported from safer areas. There were several who pulled into the Exxon to report what they witnessed.
Kirkwood Resident October 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Three options I see. A targeted hit, he messed with someone's lover, or road rage.
anonymous22335656 October 08, 2012 at 05:28 AM
If it was a hit it was absolutely horrendous tactics - broad daylight at the busiest time of the day... Doubt it. These were inexperienced mafia/gangster wannabes who listen to too much rap and think they're hard-asses. Too bad nobody with a weapon of their own took the morons down.
Jeffrey Landers October 08, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Why hasn't there been more coverage of this incident?.... As usual, the AJC has left much to be desired after their one and only article which hasn't been updated at all.
atlantagem October 08, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Jeffrey - agreed. I don't care if they were black, white, pink or blue, criminals or not. This is my neighborhood, on my route home. I am frustrated at the media for not providing us with more information - I'd like to know I'm safe, and that my daughter who is at the daycare not 200 yards away is also safe.
pat hicks October 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I want to know, too. It took me 2 hours to get to work after being detoured the wrong direction and getting in more horrendous traffic. If I'd left home 20 minutes earlier I might have been in the middle of it myself. And every day I've been looking for details, more information, about what happened at that intersection and am gettng nothing. Maybe they have a reason for holding back, but I hope the facts come out soon.
John Henderson October 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
APD is keeping a "tight lip" on the investigation. More information will be released when the arrests are made. It was not a "stranger on stranger" crime.
Anna Varela (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Readers, we still don't have descriptions of the suspects or their vehicles. Just a few new details posted here: http://patch.com/A-y310
Anna October 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I am beyond frustrated at the lack of information provided. This is my neighborhood. I live only blocks from this intersection and i walk to work. Had this happened only a half hour later i would have been walking though that very intersection on my way home. It's a terrifying thought. PLEASE GIVE US ANSWERS!!
Space Ship October 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
What does listening to rap have to do with it? Are you saying if they were listening to Ozzy Osbourne or Marilyn Manson, they would have been less likely to commit a crime?
Space Ship October 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The lack of information is truly frustrating. Get your s*&% together, City of Atlanta.
Space Ship October 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
atlantagem - that was my first thought, as there are several daycare facilities within several hundred feet of that intersection. great point.
spike walker October 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM
after grabbing a bite to eat, i was walking back to the highland inn in the rain at about 7pm on monday evening, october 1st, when i was mugged/jumped/robbed/beaten to hell by 3 cowards who attacked me from behind (and with a bat), about 2 blocks from this intersection. when i woke up, bloody, wet and dazed, i only had several hours in which to catch my return flight to chicago, and decided not to make a police report or go to the e.r. (until i got home), but i wonder if the same idiots who attacked me are responsible for this horrible crime. i couldn't describe them (as i was attacked from behind in the dark), but i certainly hope that karma catches up with their asses.
Jack Sprat October 17, 2012 at 07:52 PM
any updates on this crime?


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