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Dunwoody Police Department
Hemy Zvi Neuman, 46, has been charged with murder.
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updated 1/6/2011 11:51:33 AM ET 2011-01-06T16:51:33

The suspect who is accused of gunning down a father of two outside an Atlanta-area preschool knew the victim and was his wife's supervisor, investigators confirmed Thursday.

Hemy Zvi Neuman, 46, is charged with murder in the Nov. 18 shooting death of 36-year-old Russell Sneiderman.

Neuman, an operations manager with General Electric, had supervised Sneiderman's wife, Andrea Sneiderman, at GE Energy, NBC News reported.

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Andrea Sneiderman and Neuman worked in separate buildings but had met often, company officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dunwoody police refused to release more details about how the two men knew each other because the investigation is ongoing.

"We still have detectives actively working this case," Sgt. Mike Carlson told the Atlanta newspaper.

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The victim's father also had little to say to reporters.

"We talked to the police," Don Sneiderman told the Atlanta newspaper on Wednesday, adding, "We just don’t know enough, so we aren’t going to comment right now.”

What authorities do know is that Neuman has no criminal record and had previously lived in Florida, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The father of three grew up in Israel and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984.

Story: Dad shot and killed in front of son’s preschool

Authorities said Sneiderman, a Harvard-educated entrepreneur, was approached by a gunman and shot several times in the parking lot of Dunwoody Prep daycare just as he was dropping off his toddler.

The gunman then fled the scene in a silver minivan, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Video: Suspect arrested in day care shooting of father

  1. Transcript of: Suspect arrested in day care shooting of father

    ANN CURRY, anchor: Police in Georgia say the suspect charged on Tuesday with killing a man in front of his son's preschool had ties to the victim's wife. NBC 's Thanh Truong now join us from Dunwoody , Georgia , with more on this story. Thanh , good morning.

    THANH TRUONG reporting: And good morning to you. Rusty Sneiderman was gunned down outside of this preschool after dropping off his two-year-old son. The community was baffled by what appeared to be a cold and calculated hit. Now police say the suspected killer knew Sneiderman and also his wife. Forty-eight -year-old Hemy Neuman is now charged with felony murder, accused of shooting Russell Sneiderman in broad daylight outside of this preschool. Police are saying nothing about a motive.

    Sergeant MIKE CARLSON (Dunwoody, Georgia, Police Department): For the integrity of the case, I'm not going to be able to answer any questions.

    TRUONG: Back in November, authorities issued this sketch of the suspect. Less then two months later, they arrested Neuman , a father of three who worked as a manager at General Electric in Atlanta . GE is the parent company of NBC Universal .

    Chief BILLY GROGAN (Dunwoody, Georgia, Police Department): This case appears to be a cold and calculated murder.

    TRUONG: Investigators have said from the beginning this Harvard -educated entrepreneur was targeted for murder, but the big question is why.

    Mr. CLINT VAN ZANDT: Could be some perceived, imagined or even real financial loss that the alleged shooter suffered at the hands of the victim.

    TRUONG: Former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt says police will likely look into the connection between Hemy Neuman and Sneiderman 's wife, Andrea . They both worked at GE , Neuman her supervisor.

    Mr. VAN ZANDT: Now that they know there is some tangential relationship between the alleged shooter and the victim -- in this case, the victim's wife, who was supervised by the shooter -- now they have to find out just what was that relationship.

    TRUONG: Police say the investigation is ongoing and there could be more

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