ATLANTA — A prominent Atlanta businesswoman died from a gunshot wound to the back as she rode in a car near Piedmont Park, a death investigator said, though police aren’t commenting publicly on details of the shooting.
Diane McIver, 63, was in the passenger seat with people she knew when a gun was discharged inside the vehicle Sunday night, Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said. She died in surgery at Emory University Hospital early Monday.
Her cause of death has been listed as homicide, Mark Guilbeau, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://on-ajc.com/2dAHi28 ).
McIver was president of Corey Airport Services, an Atlanta-based marketing company.
No charges have been announced and Atlanta police have released few other details.
McIver was in the passenger seat, a police report states, but the report does not identify the driver or other passengers. Police have interviewed the driver, the report indicates.
“It is crucial for us to not taint any parts of the investigation by commenting prematurely,” Atlanta Police Officer Lukasz Sajdak told the Daily Report (http://bit.ly/2dfDAZK ). “We still have people to interview and it’s important for those interviews not to be contaminated with statements from media reports.”
Another Atlanta police spokesman, Sgt. Warren Pickard, told the Journal-Constitution that the shooting “is one of those situations we’re working through very slowly.”
Picard added, “We want to get it right.”
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com