PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
For Immediate Release
SANDY SPRINGS, GA (June 7, 2020) – On June 6, 2020 before 7:30 pm, Sandy Springs Police Officers responded to the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel located at 6120 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road regarding a person who had been shot. Officers arrived to find the female victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound inside a vehicle. After speaking with several witnesses a description of the suspect was obtained and Officers learned that he had fled on foot. A short-time later, Officers received a call that a male matching the description of the suspect had attempted to commit a carjacking near the intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive.
During the carjacking attempt, the suspect shot the driver and fled the scene, without being able to steal the vehicle. The suspect subsequently carjacked another vehicle in the vicinity; without harming the driver. The suspect drove a short distance before crashing in the area of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Central Park Drive. The suspect again attempted to carjack other vehicles on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road before being struck by one of those vehicles. The suspect attempted to flee on foot; however, he was apprehended by Sandy Springs Police Officers without further incident.
The victim, a 24 year old female from Wadesboro, North Carolina was pronounced dead at the hospital. The suspect was identified as 25 year old Fortune Jaquan Spencer from Lilesville, North Carolina. The investigation has revealed this incident to be domestic-related as the victim and suspect were in a relationship. The carjacked motorist that was also injured by the suspect is expected to recover and his injuries are non-life-threatening.
Although this investigation is still on-going, Sandy Springs Police Detectives will be charging the suspect with the following:
- Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony X3
- Motor Vehicle Hijacking
- Motor Vehicle Hijacking – Attempt
- Aggravated Assault