Man shot, killed outside Ponce Ave apartments

Man believed to be in his early 20s was shot Monday near complex next to Ponce City Market development

Update: 1 p.m.: The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Lee Lowery.

Original story: A man who Atlanta police say was shot in the breezeway of a Ponce de Leon Avenue apartment complex near Midtown has died as a result of "at least one" gunshot wound.

According to Atlanta Police Department spokesman John Chafee, officers were called to the Ford Factory Lofts, located in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood next to the Ponce City Market development, around 5 p.m.

The man, who appeared to be in his early 20s and has not been identified, was originally transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in “extremely critical condition.”

The apartments entrance shares the same parking lot that contains the local landmark Kroger grocery store, which has a not-so-endearing reputation due in part to a murder that took place in the parking lot a decade ago.

On Tuesday morning, several Ford Factory Lofts residents making way to their vehicles confirmed to Patch that the breezeway pictured with this article is where the shooting occurred. One resident pointed in the direction of the front rightside of the breezeway as to where the incident was concentrated. Another woman said there was "lots of blood" and "it smelled."

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to contact Atlanta Police Homicide Investigators at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Kroger lover November 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM
what was in the bag that guy wanted so badly? answer that and there is your motive
Kroger lover November 14, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I am glad none of you super sleuths are in charge of trying to solve this terrible crime. Looks pretty straightforward to me, and applying Occam's Razor, the poor man was killed for whatever was in that bag. So, what was in the bag? If you knew the victim and the person he was visiting, call the police and tell them what you think was in the bag. If not, you don't have relevant information so save it
Michael December 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Thank you Cassandra. The information is totally relevant to the safety of the people living in that area. Knowing that it was NOT a random happening makes a huge difference. You presentation was a little harsh though.
Kinder Gentler Messenger December 24, 2012 at 10:15 PM
arrest made. Antonio Johnson, a/k/a "Trigger" is his street name. He is a local. Apparently the police identified him pretty quickly after the crime, but didn't find him until this weekend. And yes, it was a drug ripoff after all, duh, not a stranger on stranger crime
Sam Iam April 18, 2013 at 06:54 AM
Davina: Why is being a drug dealer a bad thing? Why can't someone be a drug dealer and a great kid, a drug dealer and play sports, a drug dealer and have a valuable life? You are the one who is judgmental if you think someone selling drugs to other adults is somehow bad or wrong, especially when you consider that the people who sell and transport the things that actually kill people in this country - cigarettes and alcohol - are working in "respected" jobs, like behind the counter at a gas station, in a grocery store, or drving the beer delivery truck. Selling marijuana and even meth (yes, meth... look up how many people die from that drug and you'll see it's at the bottom of the list with marijuana) and other drugs is not nearly as bad as the legal substances that we get from the licensed dealers, aka pharmacists.


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