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Man beaten with hammer, shot to death by robber who hid in his vehicle

Man beaten with hammer, shot to death by robber who hid in his vehicle, A man was beaten with a hammer and shot to death during a suspected robbery Friday afternoon in northwest Atlanta.

And police are calling it a brazen crime since it happened in the middle of a day on a busy street.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday has identified the victim as Mr. Ronald Clark, 57, of Atlanta.

Police are still searching for his killers.

The investigations began around 3 p.m. when officers responded to a person injured call in the 2000 block of Marietta Boulevard near Chattahoochee Avenue, according to Atlanta police.

When officers arrived they found the injured man who was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.

“ The preliminary investigation indicates that the male victim was driving south on Marietta Blvd and at some point he was struck with a hammer and shot at least one time during what may have been a robbery attempt,” Officer Chafee said.

Investigators believe at least one suspect, the alleged shooter, was hiding in the van to rob the victim who was struck a couple of times with the hammer before being shot.

The suspects the fled the scene southbound on Marietta Boulevard in a black midsize SUV, Officer Chafee said.

Mr. Danny Hamilton, a witness to the incident, said he saw someone jump out of the van and flee the scene in a black SUV with a white piece of cloth over the license plate, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“When I ran up to the vehicle there was blood all over,” Mr. Hamilton said. “He was moaning.”

Mr. Keith Ghant knew the victim and described him as an office furniture installer, the AJC reported.

“He would give the clothes off his back to anyone,” Mr. Ghant said. “He was one of the nicest people I know.”

Vazquez said it appears to be a brazen crime in the middle of a day on a busy street.

The incident had the street partially blocked just west of the intersection of Marietta Boulevard and Chattahoochee Avenue, causing long traffic delays, police said.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (404) 577-8477 or The Atlanta Homicide Unit at (404) 546-4235.

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