Decatur Police announce arrest of man accused of shooting up car, killing teenager

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 23, 2018

Simmie Rischard Reed. Photo provided by Decatur Police

Decatur Police say that a man accused of killing a teenage girl on South Candler Street on June 20 is in custody.

Janae Owens, 17, died as a result of her injuries. Another passenger went to the hospital and a third passenger, reportedly her twin sister, was unharmed.



Acting on a tip, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit arrested Simmie Rischard Reed, 50. He was arrested in the 2300 block of Tyler Way in greater Decatur.

He is currently in the county jail and faces one count of murder, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“The arrest was made possible based on a tip the Decatur Police Department received from an individual,” the Police Department said.

Here’s a police summary of the June 20 incident:

“On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at approximately 5:48 p.m., Decatur Police responded to a person shot report at the intersection of South Candler Street and Midway Road. Upon arrival, officers located two victims who had sustained gunshot wounds while inside a vehicle. Both victims were transported to an area hospital. One victim was pronounced deceased and the other victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The deceased victim has been identified as 17 -year-old Janae Owens. The second victim is an adult female who is not being identified at this time. There was a third individual in the vehicle who did not sustain any injuries.”

While other news outlets have reported that the incident was a case of “road rage,” police officials say the motive is still under investigation.

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