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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Atlanta Police plan Grant Park canvass after July shooting death

Grant Park resident David McReynolds
  • Crime Stoppers Atlanta
  • David McReynolds
Atlanta Police plan to canvass the Grant Park neighborhood near the end of the month with the hopes of unearthing information related to the July 26 shooting death of 54-year-old David McReynolds.

McReynolds was gunned down in front of a vacant house at 799 Hill Street, just blocks between his home and a local grocery store where he regularly played the lottery. Local residents reported hearing at least one gunshot and seeing three young men running from the area, but more than a month after the incident no arrests have been made.

"There are no updates to this homicide," said APD spokesperson Kim Jones, "that’s why they are doing the canvass."

Police said these types of “Tactical Community Neighborhood Canvasses,” where investigators and community members search for information by talking with local residents and passing out fliers, have had a significant impact on homicide cases in the past.

APD’s Homicide Unit, CID, COPS unit, Crime Stoppers Unit, Motors Unit, Gang Unit, and Zone 6 Discretionary Units will participate in the sweep, and Grant Park community leaders and members are expected to be in attendance.

A field briefing will be held at the intersection of Hill Street and Grant Park Place, near the location of the shooting, on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. to kick off the canvass.

Last week the Grant Park Neighborhood Association voted to donate an additional $500 to the Atlanta Crime Stoppers reward for information leading an arrest in the case, bringing the total to $2,500. Since then, the neighborhood organization has setup an online fundraiser, netting an additional $2,500 in reward money.

Days after the incident last month, Atlanta police released surveillance footage (below) of persons of interest from the local grocery store frequented by McReynolds.

The victim’s family told FOX 5 they believed he was targeted after he reportedly “hit the numbers real big” and cashed his lottery winnings at the store.

If you have any information about the suspects, call the APD at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

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