Cobb County Police reported that a shooting took place at Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 14. At 1:18 p.m. local time, police responded to the incident which left one person shot. The victim has been taken into surgery, police said, and is expected to survive.
At 2 p.m. local time Cobb County Police tweeted that this was not an active shooter situation, but appeared to be an isolated incident. They wrote, “*No Active Shooter at Cumberland Mall* We are continuing to gather information but this is not an active shooter event. It appears this was an isolated incident. Once we get more information we will update.”
Cobb County Police tweeted a half-hour later, “Yes, shots were fired. But not randomly. Hence, no ACTIVE SHOOTER. Updated information indicates involved parties know one another, therefore incident was isolated to them. Still gathering more info.”
On Sunday, police arrested suspects Zaire Dhanoolal, 18, and Joweer Ponce, 19, of Marietta, Georgia.
Here’s what you need to know about the shooting incident which took place at Cumberland Mall…
1. Video Appears to Show Multiple Shots Were Fired Near the Food Court
In a video shared online, it sounds like multiple rounds of gunfire were shot off while shoppers scrambled for safety. It appears the shooting took place near the food court.
The Cumberland shopping mall in the Cumberland district of Metropolitan Atlanta near the suburbs of Smyrna and Vinings. It’s located at 2860 Cumberland Mall. Cobb County Police are reported to be at the mall. Roads in the surrounding area have been closed down.
Cobb County Government warned locals to stay away from the Cumberland Mall area for the next several hours. The shopping center is expected to reopen later in the afternoon.
2. One Person Was Injured By Gunfire, but Is Expected To Survive
Hundreds of people were inside the food court when argument broke out and gun shots were fired. One person was injured, a male, who was quickly rushed off to surgery. Police said they expect him to survive his injuries.
Users online reported a stampede of chaos taking place, with many saying that they were hiding in stores.
On Facebook, users online that geotagged themselves at Cumberland Mall shared updates. On person shared, “Please pray for me and my family, we are stuck in Cumberland Mall there has been a shoot out here – people have been shot.”
Another person wrote on Facebook, “We were in Cumberland Mall in Georgia…and there was shooting in the mall. Everyone starting running. I got separated from Freda. I was like Oh My God, Where is my baby. Scared. In shock. I ran in a store. She was not behind me. I was screaming calling her. The Mall Is Shut Down. We are locked in stores.”
One woman described how she escaped the mall area writing, “When people take off running, take off running too! We saw a stampede of people and found out there was a shooting inside Cumberland Mall. My mom, daughter and I just evacuated out the back door of DSW. Police everywhere. Scary as hell!”
3. Video From Outside The Mall Shows A Large Police Presence & Ambulances On The Scene As People Are Evacuated
Shoppers shared live videos on the social media website to warn others to steer clear of Cumberland Mall. Being so close to the holiday season, it appears that the mall was filled with shoppers on Saturday afternoon.
4.Two Teenagers Were Arrested in Connection to the Shooting
While on Saturday Cobb Police said that the gunman remains at large, and that identified gunman remained at large, on Sunday, police identified the suspects as Zaire Dhanoolal, 18, and Joweer Ponce, 19, both of Marietta.
Dhanoolal is being charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, Ponce with reckless conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Both teens are being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
5. The Shooting Remains Under Investigation
Cobb County Police say that the shooting remains under investigation. According to police, surveillance video showed the suspects pointing a gun at a person before shooting a second victim. The first person was not shot, but the suspects were charged with assault for pointing a gun at him or her.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Cobb County Police.