The co-owner of a trendy west Midtown club was shot and killed, and Atlanta police have identified a suspect. The APD has issued an alert for a missing person, 39-year-old Jonathan David Soto, according to 11Alive’s Cody Alcorn on Wednesday.
Police are looking into the murder of Republic Lounge co-owner Michael Gidewon early on Saturday.
“I know that he loved his wife, his children,” Dr. Shireda Howard, a friend of Gidewon’s for two decades, told 11Alive’s Dawn White. “He wanted to make sure that he could provide for them regardless of what was happening.”
“He really cared about his employees. How do I make sure that not only do I hire people, but how do I mentor to them as well? A lot of people don’t do that anymore,” Dr. Howard added.
Police suspect Gidewon, a father of four, was shot by someone who was also at the club before he was ejected for drunkenness. According to reports, this individual returned to the club armed with a gun and made Gidewon his intended victim.
According to Atlanta Crime Stoppers:
“Anyone with information on the case or who can identify the suspect seen in the photos and video can submit a tip anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online www.StopCrimeATL.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.”
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The family was very important to Gidewon, according to many who knew him, and they took an active role in running the family business. The APD got a call at 6:55 a.m. on Saturday reporting a shooting at Republic Lounge (990 Brady Ave. NW). According to the police, Gidewon was found shot to death at the scene.
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