Published on October 1st, 2015 |0
Security guard killed at Buckhead office building; 2nd guard charged
A security guard has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a colleague early Thursday morning in the lobby of the 3348 Peachtree office building in the central business district of
Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Dexter Harper, 26, was charged with murder and taken to the Fulton County Jail.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the dead guard as Emmanuel C. Nwankwo, 23, of Riverdale, according to an AJC news story.
Police have not revealed a motive for the shooting, which happened about 5 a.m. in an office tower formerly known as Tower Place 200 houses numerous businesses, including the Buckhead Center of Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business and several realty offices.
“We have two security guards who were working here at this location,” Atlanta police Lt. Charles Hampton told the AJC. “We’re not sure what the motive was. We’re being told there may have been some type of verbal argument that escalated to the gunfire.”
Nwankwo appeared to have been shot multiple times and died at the scene, where police recovered a handgun, Hampton said.
Harper was taken to police headquarters for questioning before police charged him.
Police believe the two security guards were the only people in the building at the time of the shooting. The dead security guard was reportedly shot multiple times. Police told WSB-TV that the two
men may have had an argument before the shooting occurred.
Later in the day, Officer Jones confirmed that two security guards had an argument and one shot the other, killing him.
“We’re cooperating very fully with the investigation,” building manager Parkway Properties spokesman John Barton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Barton said the building is “back open for business.”
Mackenzie Crabtree, who has worked in an office in the building for two years, told the AJC she didn’t know the security guards involved very well. “You see them in passing, you say hey to everybody every day,” she said. “They help you if you have packages and stuff like that.”
Crabtree said she had not heard about the shooting before she got to work Thursday morning. “This is so unbelievable to me,” she told the AJC. “I feel really, really bad about this. It’s really freaking me out.”