A homeless Hispanic man was allegedly shot to death in Chamblee after an argument on June 22, as he sat in front of a closed business on Chamblee Dunwoody Road early Wednesday morning.
According to Chamblee Police Chief Marc Johnson, Chamblee 911 received a call of a possible homicide at 3245 Chamblee Dunwoody Road and police were dispatched shortly thereafter. When they arrived on the scene officers found a 41-year-old male at the scene who had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Johnson said that the 911 caller, who was also homeless, had witnessed the shooting. According to the witness, she and the victim were sitting on the curb in front of the two-story retail building when they were approached by another Hispanic male. An argument ensued and the suspect produced a semi-automatic handgun. He then threatened to shoot the victim and allegedly fired a shot which struck the man on the forehead and killed him.
The witness stated the suspect then turned the weapon on her and attempted to shoot her but the gun malfunctioned. As the suspect was trying fix the malfunctioning weapon, the witness was able to flee the scene and call for help.
A local business had a surveillance system that captured the incident and images of the suspect; based on this evidence, police were able to corroborate the witness’ statement.
“We think we have the suspect identified based on the video and on the statements,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that police had identified the victim but were waiting to release his name until they could notify his next of kin.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information related to the incident is encouraged to call Chamblee Police at (770)-986-5005.