Man charged in double slaying



ATLANTA - U.S. marshals and Atlanta police have arrested a man suspected in a double slaying last week.

Based on a tip to the Crimestoppers tip line, marshals and the police department’s Fugitive Unit tracked down Michael O’Neal to a home in southwest Atlanta early Sunday. Federal Marshal Inspector Gavin Duffy said O’Neal was hiding out there, but the residents didn’t know he was facing murder charges.

Shonneshia Tucker and Derrick Pitts were gunned down on Holly Street in northwest Atlanta on Wednesday. Witnesses said Tucker and O’Neal were arguing, and Pitts tried to break it up when shots rang out.

"He was just trying to stop the fight, and he got in between, and a good person just went down when the deal went wrong," Pitts’ father, Derrick Hurst, told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas.

A witness said there were 10 back-to-back shots.

As police collected evidence at the scene, fights broke out between relatives of some of those involved. Officers jumped in to restrain several people. 

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