Man fatally shot after running from apparent robbery - CBS46 News

Man fatally shot after running from apparent robbery

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Stuart Walton Stuart Walton
HAPEVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

The brother-in-law of murder victim Stuart Walton, 61, made a plea for help Tuesday.

He asked the public to come forward with any information that will help Hapeville police find the two men who shot and killed Walton.

"We're asking the community, someone who knows the killer, someone who has talked to the killer to come out and say that they know the person."

The man asked CBS Atlanta not to reveal his identity.

"If the person who shot him know who I am they might come after me for just talking."

According to police, Jan. 22, around 9:45 p.m., a 911 call came in about shots fired on Dorsey Road.

Officers arrived and found Walton lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Walton died on the way to the hospital.

"We feel like this was a random act," said Hapeville Police Detective Barry Barnes.

The victim's wife told police when she and her husband arrived home, two men with pistols attempted to rob them.

One of the suspects told her husband to just open the door and get in the house. She said her husband told her to run away.

He was shot in the leg trying to escape. Police said when they found Walton someone had removed his pants, possibly during their attempt to rob him.

"We don't know who, if it was him who took them off or if it was the suspects," said Barnes.

Walton was a Vietnam War veteran. He and his wife were married for 21 years, and he was a father and a grandfather. His family believes his murder was an accident because he was shot in the leg.

"The person didn't mean to kill him and knowing they didn't mean to kill him, they have guilt. I wish they would come forward and just say they didn't mean to kill him."

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

If you have information contact Detective. Sergeant Barry Barnes at the Hapeville Police Dept. At 404-669-4683.

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