Police make arrest in killings of 3 Atlanta homeless people

Associated Press

Atlanta – A 29-year-old man was arrested Friday morning in connection with the killings of three homeless people in Atlanta, according to police.

Authorities took David Lee into custody in nearby Gwinnett County, according to a statement from Atlanta Police spokesman Officer Steve Avery.

Lee was suspected of fatally shooting the three people between June 1 and June 15, the statement said.

A woman was found shot to death inside a tent near a downtown Atlanta intersection Monday morning. Three days earlier, the body of a man was found fatally shot under an Interstate 20 overpass, and another man was found shot to death June 1 under an overpass where he occasionally slept.

Police identified the victims as Timothy Smith, Curtis Cockrell and Maxine McDonald.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Monday that police believed the shootings were connected.

Police did not say whether Lee had been formally charged with a crime.

He was being held in police custody Friday and authorities were continuing to investigate.