DeKalb County

Argument outside arcade at metro Atlanta mall ends with 1 dead

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police are trying to piece together a deadly shooting outside a DeKalb County mall.

It happened in a courtyard between an arcade and a movie theater at The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach saw the large crime scene that stretched from the courtyard area outside the mall into the parking lot.

The shooting happened outside the movie theater and near Round 1, which is a bowling alley, arcade and entertainment venue that stays open until 2 a.m., according to the company's website.

Police say the victim was found in a parking lot near the theater with a gunshot wound to his back. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.


“Sad that it’s another life that’s gone. That’s the first thing. Then on a personal level, I frequent this mall quite frequently,” shopper Rashiid Shareef said.

Police said it was reported that several people shot the victim after an argument outside Round 1.

Police initially had two people in for questioning but have since said no arrests have been made.

“Right now, we do have a couple of individuals at our police headquarters being interviewed. Their exact status isn’t something we can comment on at this time, but they are being interviewed by detectives,” Lt. Matt Ferreira, with the DeKalb County Police Department said early Monday.

Police are working with mall security to get a look at video from surveillance cameras that may have captured what happened.

So far, police have not released any information on the victim.

The mall was closed at the time of the shooting, but the theater has late showings that would likely have been ending around the time it happened.