ATLANTA — A community is on edge after a terrifying robbery turned deadly in Virginia Highland.

Police said three men with their faces covered walked up to a couple in the parking lot of the Virginia Highland Apartments with guns drawn on Monday night. Soon after, witnesses said they heard gunfire.

“We heard three gunshots, me and the other neighbors and stuff. We learned from crime scene investigators that there was a robbery,” said resident Nick Fossett.

Police said when officers arrived, they found a body lying outside a downstairs unit.”They did locate the victim who appeared to be shot multiple times,” said Lt. Paul Guerrucci of the Atlanta Police Department. “We believe the possible motive in this was robbery.

“Detectives said the victim was shot in the chest after putting up a fight.The victim’s female companion was not harmed, but thieves took her purse and cell phone.The victim’s name has not been released.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. That is 404-577-8477. Callers can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward.