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Man wanted for allegedly shooting, killling victim for his cellphone in Decatur

Demetrius Carter is wanted for murder in the shooting of a man who police believe was killed for his cellphone.
DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A man was shot to death outside of his Decatur home – and police said he was killed for his cell phone. They have identified the man they believe killed him, but on Wednesday they said they have not been able to find the suspect and are asking for the public’s help.

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is also offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Officers have issued warrants for the arrest of Demetrius Eugene Carter for murder in the Aug. 16 shooting of Kevin Antonio Barnes, according to the DeKalb County police. And the sheriff's office Fugitive Squad has taken over the hunt for the alleged killer.

The shooting happened on Cavalier Drive where the victim lived, police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said. Investigators said Barnes arranged to meet the suspect in order to sell him his cellular phone.

“He made arrangements to sell his cell phone, supposedly to the suspect and the suspect ended up shooting the victim and taking his cell phone,” Fore said.

Barnes was shot on the street outside his home, Fore said. It’s unclear how many times Barnes was shot or where on the body he was struck. It’s also unclear if anyone witnesses the murder. Still, someone called 911 to report the shooting and Barnes was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said. Carter was identified as a suspect two days later, Fore said. He did not say how police were able to connect Carter to the crime.

Anyone with information relevant to this incident and the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at (404) 298-8200. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477.