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Police release photos of suspect in brutal slayings of homeless people in Atlanta

The Atlanta Police Department on Thursday released photos of a man they believe is responsible for at least three murders of homeless people this month, Atlanta Intown reported.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Monday that police believe three killings since June 1 were connected, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

The first killing shooting happened on June 1 close to an overpass by Baker-Highland Connector and Piedmont Avenue, at around 1:40 p.m. Someone shot and killed 45-year-old Timothy Terrill Smith, who occasionally sleeps in the area.

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The second shooting happened on June 11 or June 12 at around 9:40 p.m. an overpass near I-20 and Windsor Street. Someone shot and killed 56-year-old Curtis Cockrell.

Suspect in killings of homeless people/Atlanta Police Department

On Monday morning, close to the intersection of Pryor Road and Rawson Streets in Atlanta, someone shot a woman while she was inside a tent. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

The victims were shot multiple times, police said.

The suspect was described as a black male who stands around 5-foot-10-inches to 6-feet tall and weighs anywhere from 170 to 200 pounds. He had on a dark Atlanta Braves ball cap, long-sleeved white t-shirt, and dark jeans. He was carrying a drawstring backpack.

Police released several photos from a transit station in Chamblee. Several views show the man without a ball cap, carrying an umbrella and wearing a blue T-shirt that appears to read, “Do you know what would look good on you? Me!” Another photo shows him wearing the white polo shirt, Braves cap, and backpack, while still another shows him in a blue shirt with the cap and backpack.

Anyone with information should call 911, Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta at (404) 577-8477, or the APD Homicide Unit at (404) 546-4235.

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[Featured image: Suspect in slayings of homeless people/Atlanta Police Department]