Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Atlanta hospital workers who were gunned down in their homes will be laid to rest

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By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Hospital workers who were gunned down in their Atlanta-area homes will be laid to rest Monday.

Police said Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 21, was behind the deaths of pharmacist Carlos Leon, 45; paramedic Asa Levar Donaldson, 41; nurse Lisa Montes, 48; and driver Jimmy Shufford, 76.

Police charged Brown, who has a court appearance Tuesday, with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer.

They said all four were targeted and tried to drive away before being shot.

CNN affiliates WSB and WGCL reported that funeral services for the workers would be held Monday.

The murders rocked the Atlanta community, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and police commissioner Evans Newsome attended the funeral service for Montes on Saturday.

The victims died on the night of February 15, when they were targeted in two shootings less than five miles apart, police said.

A suspect in the pharmacy shooting turned himself in

At a press conference on February 15, police shared a photo of a black Mercedes-Benz SUV and said the vehicle might be connected to the quadruple homicide.

Police said they identified the vehicle as belonging to Brown. A day later, he turned himself in.

Later, police learned that the customers who were killed were shot as they arrived at a pharmacy.

A tip from a victim’s family member led investigators to the location of the SUV on Sunday morning, police said.

“As a result of the tip the (agency) located this vehicle and began an extensive search of the area,” a police news release said.

Officers responded to an early morning shooting and found the victims who had been shot, CNN affiliate WSB said.

The victims were on foot when they were shot, WSB reported.

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