Clayton police release name of shooting victim

By Ed Brock

Clayton County police have released the name of the victim of the county's first homicide of 2005.

Anthony Hicks, 26, of Stone Mountain was shot and killed after an argument with another man by the Wendy's restaurant on Ga. Highway 138 in Stockbridge around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

Frederick Radford, 24, of Stockbridge was arrested shortly after the shooting and has been charged with murder.

Turner said previously that Hicks and a friend, 23-year-old Dwayne Williams, also of Stone Mountain, had just gone through the drive-through at the Wendy's restaurant and as they were leaving they saw Radford and another man walking down the street.

Williams said Radford had his hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon.

Hicks got out of Williams' pickup truck and approached the two men. An argument ensued and, Turner said, Radford pulled a .25-caliber handgun and fired six shots, three of which hit the victim in the chest.

Radford ran from the scene, but was found later in a room at a nearby Motel 6. After his arrest he confessed to shooting Hicks and told police he had thrown the gun into a trash container behind the Buffalo's Caf?, Turner said. Police recovered the gun from the trash container.

Hicks was taken by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, where he later died. Turner said investigators do not know why the victim approached Radford. According to Williams, Hicks and Radford did not know each other.

Radford is expected to make his first appearance in court on Saturday morning.