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Friday, April 12, 2013

Police search for I-20 killing suspect (Update)

DeKalb County Police are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday on I-20 near the Glenwood Avenue exit and resulted in the death of rapper OG Double D.

Eyewitnesses told DeKalb authorities that someone inside a white SUV fired shots at the black luxury vehicle before fleeing the scene. The incident occurred during rush hour just after 5 p.m.

Police also recovered shell casings from multiple rounds that damaged the Maybach. The car, a luxury sedan worth more than $400,000, had a rear Florida license plate and a front vanity plate that read "Blessed."

An off-duty Atlanta Police officer reached the scene first after he noticed the vehicle stopped in the far-right lane. The officer, who found the doors locked, broke the vehicle's rear window to help the victim. OG Double D, who was affiliated with fellow Atlanta rapper Future's Freebandz record label imprint, had suffered several gunshot wounds and was sent to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner's office told CL that the victim's name had not yet been released, but some people have speculated that he may be rapper OG Double D, who was affiliated with fellow Atlanta rapper Future's Freebandz record label imprint. We reached out to Future's publicist and sent an email to OG Double D's booking contact.

DeKalb County Police Spokesman T.S. Hunt told CL that the department has not yet found a suspect or determined a motive but are investigating the crime. Police encourage anyone with additional information to come forward.

UPDATE, Friday, April 12, 10:23 p.m.: OG Double D's booking contact confirmed via email that the rapper was the unidentified victim.

UPDATE, Monday, April 15, 11:22 a.m.: In case there was any lingering uncertainty, the DeKalb County Medical Examiner said this morning that James B. Lewiel, also known as OG Double D, was previously unidentified victim.

This post has been modified to reflect additional details that developed after the story was published.

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