A man was killed after a parking dispute at an upscale Atlanta mall, police said.
The victim, believed to be about 25 years old, was found lifeless with a gunshot wound to the head late Sunday outside Lenox Square mall in the city’s Buckhead section, Atlanta police said.
The unidentified man, who lived out of state, had argued with four suspects in the parking lot earlier in the afternoon, but eventually went inside the mall. He was shot when he returned to his car, according to a preliminary police report.
“At one point one of the suspects pulled a firearm and shot the victim at least once,” the report reads.
The four assailants then hopped into a car and tried to drive off, but crashed before getting out of the parking lot. They tried to run off, but an off-duty Cobb County police officer managed to grab one suspect, police said.
That suspect was later released without charges, police spokesman Anthony Grant told The Post early Monday.
“At this time, investigators are seeking four persons involved in the incident,” Grant wrote in an email. “The investigation remains ongoing.”
Detectives are still working to determine whether the victim was alone in his car at the time of the slaying, Grant said.
The incident marked the fourth shooting at the mall in as many months, WGCL reports.
“This is a premier retail space for people to go from all over the metropolitan Atlanta area,” Atlanta police Maj. Andrew Senzer told the station. “This is a prime concern for us. We have dedicated a tremendous amount of [police resources] to this area and we will continue to do so until we can take back this space.”
One witness, meanwhile, said he saw the entire ordeal unfold after having dinner at the popular mall.
“We saw a gentleman standing with a gun, and then shots fired,” Gino Vowin told WSB-TV. “And then it kind of went hectic. We were just having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and all you see are cop cars pulling up.”
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