Robbery victim helps search for gunman in fatal EAV shooting

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ATLANTA —

A woman who was the first victim of a string of violent crimes, including a deadly shooting, says she is still struggling with what happened.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, told Channel 2’s Amy Napier-Viteri that she and her husband were in Atlanta from North Carolina for a wedding on May 25.

She said they were walking on Kirkwood Avenue after leaving a nearby bar when they heard someone walk up behind them.

“This young guy said, ‘Where’s the cash?’ and my husband had already, I think, thrown his wallet down and his car key at that point,” the woman said.

She said the man then turned to her and asked for money.

“I said, ‘How old are you?’ And he just stared at me and then he shot his gun in the air, I guess to let me know that he was serious,” the woman said.

Police shared a video they believe shows the suspect after the robbery running and getting into a dark Dodge sedan.

“He was determined and he didn’t care. He didn’t care about – he didn’t see us as people,” the woman said.

The woman helped a Georgia Bureau of Investigation officer draw a sketch of the man, but no arrests have been made.

Police also released a sketch of another suspect from a robbery 10 minutes later on Kirkwood Avenue. They believe both men are connected to the robbery and shooting of 33-year-old Patrick Cotrona and his roommate as they walked home later that night on May Avenue. Cotrona died from his injuries.

She said she is still having a hard time with the fact that police believe the same person who robbed them went on to murder someone else.

“It’s still hard for me to get over that. It’s affected both my husband and me greatly,” the woman said.

The woman told Viteri she feels an obligation to help find the man because of what happened to Cortrona, and she wants others with information to do the same.

“Think about the victims who were shot and killed, and how it was done for something so stupid and so petty,” the woman said.

The city of Atlanta is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.