Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in the death of Jatonne Sterling, a Clark Atlanta University student and athlete who was found with a gunshot wound Tuesday near campus, police said.
Keontay Holliman-Peoples was arrested on several charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault, Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said at a news conference Thursday.
Sterling, 20, and Holliman-Peoples knew each other and had a dispute before the shooting, Hampton said.
«We know that there was correspondence before Tuesday and even Tuesday morning,» Hampton said. «This was not a random homicide.»
Hampton said Sterling got into a parked vehicle with Holliman-Peoples and another unidentified man. A dispute escalated and shots were fired inside the car, she told reporters.
Police were called to the Lyke House Catholic Center at Atlanta University Center just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities are investigating and have not identified the other man in the vehicle. Hampton asked anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.
Sterling, a sophomore from Chicago, played baseball. college athletic department paid homage to him on social media, writing: “Clark Atlanta Athletics sends condolences to the family and friends of Jatonne Sterling. Gone too soon Please keep Jatonne’s family in your prayers.»