Dekalb Police seek help identifying suspects in alleged hate-motivated homicide

Tucker, Ga. Dekalb County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the three persons of interest in the shooting death of Ronald Peters at 8:25 a.m. on June 4, 2019, outside of 3444 Orchard Circle in Decatur.

According to the Dekalb County incident report, police responded to the scene of a person shot report and began performing CPR on the victim, Ronald Peters. However, he did not survive and was pronounced dead less than an hour later. The victim’s partner said that Peters had been on his way to the MARTA station to go to work when he was accosted by two black men who put on a mask and demanded he give them his bag, allegedly using a gay slur when doing so. The one suspect then shot Peters with a “chrome pistol” in the chest and then again in the neck after he was on the ground before taking his bag. The two suspects were seen leaving the scene in the back of a maroon 4-door truck, heading south towards Columbia Dr. At least one other suspect was driving the truck.

The victim’s partner said that the previous week two black men had harrassed Peters, using the same gay slur, but at the time they hadn’t thought anything of it. A witness provided surveillance video from a camera on his property.

DeKalb Police is asking anyone with information on the identity of the suspects to contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS(8477).

Dekalb Police Department is asking for help in identifying the following three persons. Photo credit: Dekalb Police Department

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