Atlanta police are looking to the public to help them find three men wanted in connection with the April 26 shooting death of a Sandy Springs man who was robbed after cashing his check at a Marietta Boulevard store.
Ronald Eugene Clark, 57, was attacked with a hammer and then shot when he fought back in the brazen daytime robbery, which occurred just before 3 p.m.
Clark was apparently ambushed. Police said his attacker was hiding in his van and attacked when he returned.
Police are looking for at least one man whom they say is a "person of interest" in the incident. That man, captured in surveillance video of the check cashing store, was seen getting into the getaway vehicle, a black, limited edition Jeep Grand Cherokee with after-market chrome wheels.
The license plate number was obscured by some sort of covering.
"We've got several people we're looking at," Atlanta Police Department Maj. Darryl Tolleson, who heads major crimes, said an a news conference Tuesday. "Anyboy that was in the area and may have seen something, we're asking that they contact us."
'My only comfort right now is that he's in the arms of Jesus.'
— Marilyn Davis Clark, widow.
Clark's widow, Marilyn Davis Clark, tearfully recounted how she learned of her husband's death — friend's called to let her know his van was in a shootout and it was all over the television news.
"He was my best friend," she said, fighting back tears. "If they wanted to rob my husband, just take his money. You didn't have to kill him. Why did you kill him? You didn't have to have to kill my husband."
Davis, her husband of 15 years, was shot and killed in the 2000 block of Marietta Boulevard Friday on the city's west side. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.
"There are so many family and friends that loved Ron that just want to band together and just pray and just pray and just pray for his familiy," said. "If Ron was alive today he would say just 'forgive him.' "
Her husband, she said, was robbed in 2000, stabbed and managed to wrestle the knife from his assailant.
"He held no grudges; he was not an angry man," his widow, flanked by her family, friends and pastor said. "He did not have a mean bone in his body."
Atlanta Police Homicide Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area and may have seen something to call Crime Stoppers at 404.577.8477 or Investigators at 404.546.4235.