Suspect in Shooting Death of 3 Homeless People in Atlanta Arrested: Police

Lorenz Duchamps
By Lorenz Duchamps
June 19, 2020US News
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Suspect in Shooting Death of 3 Homeless People in Atlanta Arrested: Police
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A 29-year-old suspect in the deaths of three homeless people in Georgia earlier this month has been arrested, authorities said.

Atlanta Police Homicide Detectives said David Lee was arrested in Gwinnett County Friday morning. Lee is suspected in the homicides of Timothy Smith, Curtis Cockrell, and Maxine McDonald, local Atlanta outlet WSB-TV2 reported.

Police said earlier this month that the three people were shot to death in downtown Atlanta.

“We are looking at all three deaths as being similar in nature,” Atlanta police captain D’Andrea Price told reporters on Wednesday during an update on the case.

The victims were found dead within a two-week span between the period of June 1 and June 15, police said.

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A combination of pictures of 29-year-old David Lee. (Courtesy of Atlanta Police Department)

The first shooting victim was 45-year-old Smith, who was found dead under the Piedmont Avenue bridge on the afternoon of June 1. He was allegedly shot while he was sleeping in the area, according to CrimeOnline.

The second victim, 56-year-old Cockrell, was found shot to death on the evening of June 11, close to an overpass near I-20 and Windsor Street.

McDonald, whose age has not been released, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in downtown Atlanta on June 15, police said.

A witness said the suspect “shot her over five to 10 times,” reported WSB-TV. “He did close range, about this far, and the lady looked like she didn’t even move.”

Price told the city’s homeless population to “look after each other at this point.”

Officials said the shootings are still under investigation and the motive behind the homicides is still unknown.

CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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