Atlanta police hoping to get closure for families by identifying murder suspects

ATLANTA — Atlanta police is releasing new surveillance photos and video in several unsolved murders and family members say it’s giving them a new sense of hope.

Police have recently released surveillance from four murders, including that of a grandmother caught in a shootout.

Channel 2′s Matt Johnson spoke with the family of 64-year-old Lashunder Edge, who was shot and killed while trying to purchase a lottery ticket at a gas station on Lakewood Avenue.

“I’m very hopeful. I know someone’s seen or heard something,” Edge’s sister Laleeta Smith said.

Police released new photos of two cars, a dark Acura SUV and a grey sedan, that may have been involved in the shootout that claimed Edge’s life.

The family is offering a $5,000 reward for justice for their loved one.

“They have young people with guns, unskilled, untrained, just randomly just shooting and taking people, innocent people lives. It’s ridiculous,” Smith said.

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Surveillance video also shows three men who are wanted for the murder of 60-year-old Thomas Arnold along the Atlanta BeltLine. Two of them have been arrested and one more remains on the run.

“You know who you are. We know who you are. But we ask that you come forward. But if you don’t. just like the other two counterparts, we will get you.” APD Deputy Chief Charles Hampton.

One APD major says the public played a huge role in finding the two suspects who have been arrested.


Police are also searching for a woman and four men seen on surveillance video in connection with a quadruple shooting at the Pregame Sports Bar and Grill in the 800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive that left 20-year-old Zyquan Lee dead.

Lastly, a man seen in a bright colored jacket is wanted in connection with the January murder of a 45-year-old in the Auburn Ave. area.

“We ask that the public do what you’ve done so many times for the Atlanta Police Department and coming forward and provide in our office with information,” said APD Homicide Commander Lt. Ralph Woolfolk.

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While not every case has video evidence, investigators felt they had to move on the cases that do, even though they aren’t ignoring the others.