Woman faces murder charge in Atlanta carjacking that left Navy veteran dead
By ZACHARY HANSEN | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Published: November 20, 2019
(Tribune News Service) — A woman faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a Navy veteran outside a southwest Atlanta apartment complex earlier this month, authorities announced Tuesday.
Shakiyah Jones has been tied to the Nov. 2 shooting of 48-year-old Renae Alexander in the 500 block of Fulton Street just before midnight, Atlanta police said. Authorities previously said four suspects were sought in the case.
Alexander, who was described as a Navy veteran by one of her sons, was approached by a masked man as she was attempting to leave an event in the Mechanicsville neighborhood in a silver Chevrolet Malibu, AJC.com previously reported. He attempted to carjack her at gunpoint, police said.
At the same time, a woman witnessed the attempted carjacking from inside her Chevrolet Camaro, police said. That’s when a second masked man approached her and carjacked her vehicle.
The second woman, who was not identified, was not injured, but gunfire erupted near Alexander’s Malibu, and she was shot twice, police said. She died at Grady Memorial Hospital.
A man, who was a friend of Alexander’s, ran to her car to render aid, but he also ended up being shot in the leg, police said.
Police said the two suspects took off in the Camaro, which was found at an undisclosed location. Two other suspects, who might have been women, ran from the scene. It’s unclear how police tied Jones to the incident.
Alexander leaves behind three sons between the ages of 21 and 26 years old, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses. The page raised a little more than $10,000 before being deactivated.
Jones was arrested Nov. 11 and remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond.
Anyone with information about the deadly carjacking is asked to contact police. The investigation remains active, police said.
Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.