ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are trying to find the people responsible for a fatal shooting on Cascade Road early Thursday morning.
Jordan "Timmy" Ashley was getting off the bus at a MARTA stop on Cascade Road and Danforth Road at around 12:11 a.m. Thursday. According to his family,the 21 year oldwas returning home from work when three men approached him and tried to rob him at gunpoint.
Ashley's family said he ran, but was shot and stumbled into the road before collapsing. The bus stop was a third of a mile from his house. He died at the scene.
Timmy Ashley spent most of his life in the quiet, close-knit neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. For 17 years, he lived in the same house with his parents and older brother. Thursday afternoon, cars lined the street in front of the Ashley home. Neighbors said everyone on the street knew Timmy.
"Ifhe was home right now, he would be out in the yard playing with his dog," said family friend Keith Harris.
"He was interested in microbiology; he was at Georgia State," Harris said. "I want people to know this is what was taken from the community: a promising young man."
"This wasn't just a random killing," added his aunt, Shaun Belcher. "Timmy was a person with a personality who meant something. "
Within 20 minutes of Ashley's shooting, two more armed robberies occurred in the same area. Fulton County police Cpl. Kay Lester said at 11:56 p.m., two men approached an 18-year-old man at the same MARTA stop, robbing him at gunpoint. They took his laptop and a cell phone.
Nine minutes later, another 18-year-old was sitting behind the McDonald's on Cascade Road when he was also robbed at gunpoint. His iPod and jewelry were stolen.
Cpl. Lester said Fulton County investigators were in contact with Atlanta Police and working to determine if the two robberies and shooting were connected.
Though close in proximity, the shooting happened just inside the City of Atlanta border, while the robberies were in Fulton County's jurisdiction.
Police have not released a description of the suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.