Police in the US have said the fatal shooting of an English astrophysicist in his bed appeared to be the result of a “reckless dismissal”.
dr Matthew Willson, 31, was found dead at 2 a.m. local time last Sunday after being shot in an apartment block on Clairmont Road, Buford Highway, Georgia.
Sgt. Jake Kissel of the Brookhaven Police Department said: “This incident appears to be a random act involving individuals involved in the reckless disposal of firearms leading to the tragic death of Dr. Wilson led.”
He said dr. Willson is in town from England to visit loved ones.
dr Willson was recognized by his alma mater, the University of Exeter.
A university spokesman said in a statement: “Matthew Willson was a former PhD student at the University of Exeter and a very popular member of our astrophysics team.
“We have been informed of his tragic death in the United States and our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues. We offer support to colleagues at the university who also want to remember his life.”
Police had been called to the area over reports of gunfire when they received another call that one person had been shot.
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Brookhaven Police Department Sgt. Kissel said officers “helped provide assistance until paramedics arrived on the scene.”
“DR. Willson was taken to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The State Department has confirmed to the PA news agency that it is supporting the family of a Brit after his death in the US.
“We are supporting the family of a Brit after his death in the United States and are in contact with the US authorities,” said a spokesman for the Foreign Office.