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Smyrna Police looking for 2 persons of interest in Five Points homicide case

Police still looking for shooter
Smyrna Police searching for armed and dangerous gunman
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 12:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2022 at 7:14 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Smyrna Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who killed 22-year-old Michael Ezzard, Jr. on Monday evening.

“He should be considered armed and dangerous. Don’t approach. Call 911,” said Lieutenant Louis Defense III, spokesperson for the Smyrna Police Department.

Just before 10 p.m., surveillance video shows the man walking up to Michael in the Five Points Shopping Center on Roswell Street in northwest Atlanta.

There was a brief struggle between Ezzard and the shooter. Police say the man then shot Ezzard once before walking away.

Ezzard, 22, died as a result of his injuries.

“This person has no regard for life. To see my nephew struggle the way he did. The fear of not knowing what would happen next was definitely heartbreaking for me and my entire family,” said Sharinda Ezzard, Michael’s aunt.

Defense said they are using all of their resources to track down the shooter.

“This was definitely a targeted attack. There were other people in the parking lot and it seemed that our perpetrator went right for our victim,” said Defense.

Defense said they are not sure how or if the two men knew each other.

Sharinda described Ezzard as fun-loving and a light for her family.

“This has definitely left a hole in our hearts. Just a big void in our family,” Ezzard said.

MIchael Ezzard, Jr. shot and killed in Smyrna on Monday.
MIchael Ezzard, Jr. shot and killed in Smyrna on Monday.(Sharinda Ezzard)

She’s begging anyone to come forward and call police if they recognize the man or know anything about this shooting.

“I never thought I’d have to be standing here and beg and plead for help, for justice,” Ezzard said.

After the shooting, the shooter walked away and got into a grey Honda sedan, driven by an unknown woman.

Police said the two then drove westbound on Hawthorne Avenue.

On May 22, Smyrna Police Department detectives announced that they are looking to speak with two individuals and locate the vehicle they are in. Detectives believe the two individuals pictured below may have knowledge of the shooting.

Five Points homicide persons of interest
Five Points homicide persons of interest(Smyrna Police Department)

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the subjects pictured or has information about the homicide that took place on May 16, 2022 is asked to call 911 immediately, the Smyrna Police Department at 770-434-6666, or you call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-(TIPS)8477 or by accessing Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Possible Roswell Street murder suspect
Possible Roswell Street murder suspect(SMYRNA POLICE DEPARTMENT)