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Report: Decatur murder victim’s twin sister was in the car during shooting

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Report: Decatur murder victim’s twin sister was in the car during shooting


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The victims in the June 20 shooting were driving a Nissan with Louisiana plates. Photo by Diane Loupe.

A television station in Shreveport, La. is reporting that the teenage girl who was recently killed while driving through Decatur was a twin and that her sister was in the car with her at the time of the shooting.

Decatur Police have been very tight-lipped with details regarding the June 20 murder of Janae Owens, 17. A friend of the family confirmed the details of a story reported by KSLA News 12 in Shreveport. The station said the other woman injured in the shooting was Owens’ mother. Her sister was in the back seat of the car.

The two ran a photography business, Shotsbytwins. KSLA reported that the twins moved to Atlanta five weeks ago. To read the full story from KSLA, click here.


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While several news outlets have reported that the shooting was a “road rage incident,” police have declined to release a motive and say it remains under investigation.

Here’s what police have said about the incident so far:

“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.”

The suspect is described as “bald black male wearing a white t-shirt and driving a black Chrysler 200 or 300, last seen traveling southbound on South Candler Street.”

They also released this snap shot of the vehicle:

Photo provided by the Decatur Police Department

Police officials did not have any additional updates as of Friday afternoon, June 22.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the murder victim as the driver of the vehicle. The murder victim was a passenger. 

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