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A suspect was being questioned by Atlanta police early Monday in the Sunday night death of a teenage boy shot repeatedly by a motorist whose car had just been egged.

Atlanta Police Maj. Keith Meadows said investigators don't know if the victim was even responsible for the egging. "He might have just been an innocent bystander," Meadows told the AJC late Sunday.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead teen as Tivarus Irving, 17, of Union City.

The shooting occurred on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard near the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard around 8 p.m. Sunday, APD spokeswoman Kim Jones said. The teen victim died en route to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Police had received a call about the egging and dispatched an officer who was monitoring the area, Meadows said. But the officer was rerouted to another incident after four or five minutes. After he left, the suspect returned, firing 10 bullets.

Witnesses described the shooter as a bald man, between the ages of 19 and 24, last seen driving a gold, four-door Mercedes 190E with a red, temporary tag.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Monday morning that while offices were still on the scene investigating the shooting, "a vehicle matching the description drove by the location."

Officers stopped the vehicle and detained the driver.

"This vehicle as well as the suspect fit the the description of the person involved in this shooting," Jones said. "The driver was turned over to homicide units for questioning."

(AJC)

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