SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - After two weeks of investigating, South Fulton Police believe the gunman responsible for killing an 18-year-old man outside a barbershop on March 1 may be even younger than they originally thought.
Police released disturbing surveillance video of 18-year-old Willie Reddit as he was shot and killed in front of the open business. Police said Reddit had just gotten a haircut before he was ambushed and killed.
Investigators said new information has emerged about the shooter and his motive
“We think it is retaliation from years ago. An incident that happened a year ago, we think it is retaliation. So, this incident is not related to these businesses that are here now,” said Lt. Marcus Dennard, South Fulton Police Department.
Police have increased patrols along the Old National Highway corridor because they want to assure the public that this area is safe and Reddit was clearly targeted.
Police said several witnesses watched the attack and are able to identify the shooter. Investigators are keeping many details about the suspect, whose profile can be seen in the video, close to the vest, but they did share this.
“Possible suspect is young. I can say right now...possibly a juvenile. Right now, we are still trying to follow those leads<’ Lt. Dennard said.
Investigators said they are backing off this being a gang-related shooting.
They are asking people who were in the area or have information to please come forward.