UPDATED: Woman Shot and Killed in East Atlanta

EAST ATLANTA — A woman was shot and killed Tuesday night in the 1600 block of Van Vleck Avenue SE, police said.

The victim, Camease Miller was visiting at the home at the time of the 11:45 p.m. incident.

"Based on witness statements it appears the victim was shot during a home invasion," Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Kim Jones told East Atlanta Patch.

Miller was was found in a closet of the home, which also had a recording studio.

She worked for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and was assigned to the Atlanta Public Works Department.

Homicide investigators continue to investigate but it doesn't appear this was a random incident.

"This was not some random crime, there was not any evidence of a burglary or robbery," Ed Gilgor, chairman of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W, told Patch.

"Homicide has it and they have what would appear to be very good leads."

Miller's shooting death is the third homicide in as many months.

On May 25, Patrick Cotrona, a May Avenue homeowner, was shot and killed on his street as he and two friends walked to the Village. 

On May 18, Henry Omar Reeves, 27 was shot dead in the 1200 block of Metropolitan Avenue SE. in East Atlanta.

Cotrona and one of his friends were shot during a robbery.

Investigators think the Reeves shooting, however, was not a random crime and that he and his killer had some issue that led to it.

Even so, none of the killers have been caught and they come amidst a serious crime wave that's terrorized a number of Southeast Atlanta communities not seen since the Jack Boys' crime spree of 2010.

In that wave, which lasted from Oct. 19, 2010 through Nov. 27, 2010, residents in residents in Grant Park, Ormewood Park, Lakewood Heights, Old Fourth Ward, Benteen Park and Virginia-Highland  suffered 17 armed robberies, six carjackings, a murder and a rape.

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Chris H July 03, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Wow, East Atlanta just can't catch a break! I really hope they can get a handle on crime or you could see a reverse in all the progress the neighborhood has made in the last 10 years.
James Palmer July 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Southeast Atlanta continues to make progress--in spite of the recent crimes. We have new neighbors moving in every day and our community remains very engaged and invested in maintaining that trend of growth. Community leaders, like myself (President of Boulevard Heights) remain in close contact with APD regarding public safety concerns. Absolutely, these recent crimes are scary and neighbors have every right to be concerned. But as to the long-term health of the community, I remain completely optimistic that our trend of growth and investment will continue as these issues are brought under control.
James Palmer July 04, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I wouldn't be so quick to write off any part of southeast Atlanta just yet. We continue to be a vibrant and dynamic community that is very much engaged and invested in this part of the city. Many of us in community leadership (I am the president of the Boulevard Heights community) see a very bright future ahead as new neighbors are moving in every day. Is the recent up-tick in crime troubling? Absolutely... But then we have faith in our community leaders and neighbors--that they will hold APD and others in city government accountable as this public safety situation is brought under control. In short, this ain't our first rodeo and it ain't likely to be our last either. I still have faith in the longevity of SE ATL and, though many are very quick to write the obituary of the communities south of I-20, I think we have a lot to be proud of... This too shall pass.


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