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A little-talked about terror is gripping the streets of Atlanta. It is not talked about because the victims of this terror are the homeless community. In the past two weeks, two homeless black men have been murdered on the streets of Atlanta.

What ties the two murders together are the weapon and the type of bullet used. The first victim was Dorian Jenkins who was shot five times. Jenkins was sleeping on a downtown Atlanta street wrapped in blankets on Nov. 23.  The second victim was Tommy Mims, who was killed three days later and three miles away from the location of the first murder. Mims was also found wrapped in his blankets and was shot seven times underneath a bridge. Mims’ family and friends became concerned when he did not drop off his daily load of cans at a recycling center and failed to show up for a family holiday dinner.

Police believe the killings are related because in both cases the ammo was a distinctive .45 caliber round that has not been made since 2010. In addition, the gun used was either a Taurus “Judge” or a Smith & Wesson “Governor.” Both guns only have a capacity of 5 or 6 rounds, which means that whoever shot Mims, reloaded their weapon to shoot him.

The only description given of a suspect is someone dressed in dark clothes. The Atlanta Police Department has a special investigative team involved because of the nature of the community affected. They are relying on homeless men and woman to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious behavior.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.