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Briefs: Man found shot to death; Cold case murder of Chevron owner re-opened

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A 24-year-old man was shot multiple times and left to die at an apartment complex Tuesday in Atlanta. And officials on Wednesday released his identity.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Travis L. Bell, Jr., of Atlanta.

Still, so far police have no suspect and no motive for the shooting that happened in the Allure at the Brookwood apartments on Peachtree Valley Road.

Around 2:45 p.m., officers responded to the complex after someone made a 911 call about a person shot, according to Atlanta police. When they arrived they found the victim dead, police spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said. He had been shot multiple times, Lyon said.

Investigators have not yet determined the circumstances surrounding the shooting, but they said it does not appear to be random. Lyon did not say why investigators believe the victim was targeted.

New Investigation into the Murder of Gas Sation Owner

More than a decade after a gas station owner was shot and his body found in a burning vehicle in Spalding County, investigators have decided to re-open his case.

On Wednesday investigators said they have received new information that may help identify the person responsible for the murder of the businessman more than 14 years ago. But they have not released any additional details on the new lead.

Early Sept. 1, 1999 Griffin firefighters and deputies responded to a brush fire on North Hill Street just south of Northside Drive, according to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters were extinguishing the fire when they found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames, and not long after they extinguished the fire, they found the body of Abdelaziz Abuzaidieh inside, the sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Tony Ranieri said.

An autopsy revealed that Abuzaidieh had been shot, Ranieri said. And investigators later learned that he had been shot while driving away from his business, the Chevron Station located at 1251 North Hill St., Ranieri said.
But then investigators exhausted all leads and the case became “cold”.

Anyone with information pertaining to this homicide is asked to contact the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 467-4282. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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