I-20 reopens after man found shot to death on interstate

ATLANTA — Interstate 20 has reopened hours after a man was found shot and killed inside of an SUV.

We first covered the breaking news story and the massive traffic backup on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

Atlanta police were first called to the scene at the Downtown Connector when a driver called 911 to report a crash. When officers arrived, they found the man with gunshot wounds and his orange SUV riddled with bullet holes.

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Investigators believe the man was shot before he got onto the interstate.

“We don’t believe this happened on highway,” said Atlanta Police Capt. Jason Smith. “He was driving, ended up hitting the median wall and rode the wall for a little awhile and came to area at rest, which was about 20 eastbound around Capitol Hill Avenue.”

This is the third interstate shooting this year.

On Feb. 10, two men were shot and one of them died on I-85 at the Peachtree overpass in Midtown Atlanta.

In January, a man was shot and killed on I-85 at North Druid Hills in DeKalb County.


“We do not believe any of them are related. It’s kind of an anomaly as to what has happened recently as far as on the highway itself but we don’t believe they’re related,” Smith said.

Smith said moving forward they’re working to figure out what led up this latest shooting.

“We reconstruct the timeline, we’ll talk to the deceased family, his friends. We’ll search the vehicle, process everything inside the car and anything that can help figure out where he was and what he was doing up until the accident,” Smith said.

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