By Jason Massad
In the weeks after a Dunwoody man was slain in a parking lot, life has returned to normal for an area many consider a safe buffer from violent crime.
“I think it’s an isolated event,” Dunwoody resident Chris Naile said during a visit to the U.S. Post Office at Dunwoody Village, near where Russell Sneiderman was shot Nov. 18. “You don’t expect that to happen in a place like this. I love it here.”
Naile, a medical supply sales representative, said that he traveled to the post office the day Sneiderman was killed. He was there to drop a letter and saw the area around Dunwoody Prep taped off by police, while helicopters hovered overhead.
But the shooting is not something Naile sees as wanton criminal activity in what crime statistics say is a safe suburb. “It’s an isolated event,” he said. “You just don’t shoot someone like that for no reason at all.”
Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan characterized the killing as “cold, calculated murder” as he asked for the community’s help in arresting the suspect at a recent press conference.
Business owners around the site of the shooting, at 5493 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, said that the violent act hasn’t been a deterrent for shoppers since the tragedy.
David Bouseman, a partner of David’s Flowers, located near the site of the shooting, said that confusion reigned for about an hour or so after the shooting. That changed as people realized the nature of the crime.
“I think knowing it wasn’t random helped calm everybody down,” Bouseman said.
For the florist, the fact that business hasn’t been affected by the crime is a good thing, especially around the holiday season.
“We haven’t seen a drop off at all,” Bouseman said. “Traffic is heavy.”
The Dunwoody Police Department has obtained a sketch of the person of interest regarding the murder of Russell Sneiderman. This subject is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this subject is asked to contact the Dunwoody Police Department.
The shooting occurred at 5493 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA. Mr. Sneiderman, dropped off his child at Dunwoody Prep. As he was getting into his car to leave, he was approached by a white male with a gun. The suspect began firing, and struck the victim multiple times. The suspect left the scene in a silver minivan with no license plate. He was last seen traveling westbound on Mt. Vernon Parkway. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30’s, 5’10”-5’11” with a beard.
If you have any information in reference to this case, please contact Det. Andrew Thompson at (678)382-6921.