Police identify body found at Jonesboro Rd gas station

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ATLANTA —

Atlanta police have identified a body found outside a southeast Atlanta gas station early Saturday.

The victim has been identified as Mario Adams.

The 45-year-old was discovered about 5 a.m. near a dumpster behind the Pure station on Jonesboro Road.

Channel 2's Steve Gelhbach spoke with investigators and witnesses at the scene. The Fulton County Medical Examiner said Adams died from a gunshot.

Gehlbach spoke to the person who found the body.

David Whatley said he went to take the trash out and saw Adams lying on the ground. Whatley initially thought Adams had passed out, but he and a customer got a closer look realized the victim was dead.

"You didn't touch him?" asked Gehlbach.

"No, I'm not that crazy," Whatley replied.

Whatley said he started hollering instead.

"I walked over there and said 'Hey, hey!' He didn't move," Whatley said.

Detectives don't know if the killing took place at the station, or if the man was killed somewhere else and the body was dumped at the station.

A neighbor who lives right behind the gas station said he heard gunshots, but well before the body was found.

"I heard about two or three shots, different calibers. I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I told my friend, 'That sounds like a couple of shots really close.'"

Detectives are interviewing drivers who were at the gas pumps around the time the body was discovered and canvassing the area to see if anyone saw anything.