An incomplete list of recent shootings at metro Atlanta shopping centers

At least 25 shots were fired and one man was injured in a June 10 shooting at Southlake Mall.

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At least 25 shots were fired and one man was injured in a June 10 shooting at Southlake Mall.

Some of metro Atlanta’s busiest retail spots have become crime scenes in recent months. A dispute over a seat led to shots being fired inside the movie theater at Phipps Plaza late Monday, according to Atlanta police.

Officers were called to the theater around 10:45 p.m. and found one victim with a gunshot wound, according to a police spokesman.

“The preliminary investigation found that the victim was involved in a dispute with the suspect about seat assignments in the theater,” Officer Steve Avery said in a statement. “During the argument, the suspect shot the victim.”

Violence has also erupted recently at other metro malls. A look at past shopping center violence:

Sept. 10, 2021: Two men suspected of burglarizing a car at a busy Buckhead shopping plaza were shot when the vehicle’s owner returned to find them inside it, police said.

A 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and a second man was injured while running away, according to Atlanta police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek.

The teenager killed was identified as Atlanta resident Dontavious Cobb, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Aug. 17, 2021: Sandy Springs officers investigated a homicide at the Orchard Park Shopping Center along Dunwoody Club Drive. Investigators believe the incident started as a drug transaction.

Yemi Ezekiel Mabiaku, 22, of Atlanta died and a second man, whose name was not released, was also injured. Two men were charged in the killing, according to police.

Cortney Demar White, 35, contacted authorities to turn himself and was arrested on charges of murder, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to murder, and aggravated battery.

A second man, 25-year-old Devonte Lavonne Childs, was also charged but has not been located. His charges include murder, aggravated assault with intent to murder and multiple gun counts, according to police.

Aug. 16, 2021: A man was shot as he exited Lenox Square in the evening. He was taken to the hospital in a private car after the shooter fled the scene in a dark sedan, Atlanta police said.

The injured man, who was not identified by police, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital following the shooting around 6 p.m., Atlanta police said in a news release. Officers were sent to Grady where the man was being treated and he told them that the shooting had taken place at Lenox Square.

July 19, 2021: A man attempting to shoplift inside the Macy’s at Perimeter Mall is accused of shooting at a loss prevention officer, according to Dunwoody police.

The man was taken into custody about a half-hour after the incident, which happened around 12:45 p.m. outside of the Macy’s store, Dunwoody police said. The loss prevention officer said the man was suspected of shoplifting from the Sunglass Hut store, police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The loss prevention officer followed the man out of the store, but the suspect started shooting and ran away, police said. No one was injured during the incident, Parsons said.

June 27, 2021: Police are investigating after a pair of jewelry thieves fired shots into a glass case during a heist at The Gallery at South DeKalb, officials said.

DeKalb investigators said two men entered a jewelry store and fired rounds into a glass case before fleeing with multiple pieces of jewelry. No one inside the mall was injured by the gunfire, which was reported about 1:40 p.m. during peak business hours, DeKalb police said.

June 17, 2021: Investigators are searching for a man who robbed an Arbor Place jewelry store at gunpoint.

The robbery targeted Ice Jewelry in the Douglas County mall, where the man pointed a handgun at a store employee and demanded a specific watch, Douglasville police said in a Facebook post. The man left with the watch and fled in a black Dodge Charger with a dealer tag from Atlanta Luxury Motors, a used car dealership with franchises across the Atlanta metro area.

June 13, 2021: Investigators believe two teenagers attempted to rob a Lenox Square security guard and then shot him, leaving him critically injured, Atlanta police said.

Days afterward, the guard was recovering from his injuries. The two 15-year-old suspects were taken into custody at a youth detention center, according to police.

The suspects, whose names were not released, were arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, according to Atlanta police. The teenagers, a boy and a girl, are also facing charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and weapons offenses.

June 10, 2021: A verbal altercation between two groups inside Southlake Mall in Morrow boiled over into the parking lot before erupting in gunfire and sending one man to the hospital, police said.

Seven people were detained after more than two dozen shots were fired outside of Macy’s just before 2:30 p.m., Morrow police spokesman Detective Eli Skelton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A 28-year-old man was hit in the inner thigh and was taken to the hospital. Three people were treated on scene for anxiety attacks and released, Skelton said.

Later that evening, Cody Wilson, a 19-year-old from Paulding County, was arrested and faces a felony weapons charge related to the incident.

June 8, 2021: Two men were shot after an argument inside Greenbriar Mall spilled into the parking lot, Atlanta police said.

The victims told police the gunman first confronted them inside the southwest Atlanta mall before following them to their vehicle and firing multiple shots. Both were found with a single gunshot wound when officers responded shortly after 5 p.m.

The men were stable when they were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to the police department.

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On May 17, 2021, Atlanta police responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. at Atlantic Station.

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On May 17, 2021, Atlanta police responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. at Atlantic Station.

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On May 17, 2021, Atlanta police responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. at Atlantic Station.

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May 17, 2021: Atlanta police were investigating a shooting that left a man injured near Atlantic Station.

Officers responded to a shooting call just before 4 p.m. near Dillard’s at the mixed-use development in Midtown, police said in a news release.

At the scene, officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man, who was conscious, was taken to the hospital. Atlanta police did not release his name.

A Mercedes-Benz SUV that was involved in the incident had a huge hole in the driver’s-side window and what appeared to be a bullet hole in the front windshield, Channel 2 Action News reported. A Toyota RAV-4 just a few feet away was also damaged, but it wasn’t clear if that was caused by gunfire or a crash.

May 6, 2021: Cobb County police were called to Town Center mall about 3:20 p.m. After an initial investigation, Cobb police determined a jewelry store was robbed by three masked suspects, who fled the scene before officers arrived.

Shots were fired inside the mall, backing up what several witnesses said they heard. A store employee suffered a non-life-threatening injury after being shot, police confirmed.

The robbery crew made off with $350,000 worth of Rolex watches, according to an arrest warrant for one of the suspects.

May 1, 2021: Investigators believe an argument escalated to gunfire at a southeast Atlanta shopping plaza. Three teenagers were shot, killing a 15-year-old girl, police said.

Around 10 p.m., a 911 caller reported that the three had been shot near a Waffle House at the Glenwood Park shopping plaza. The other teens who were shot were stable when they were taken to a hospital, but the 15-year-old, Diamond Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

March 23, 2021: A shootout between two cars in a parking lot outside of Cumberland Mall and resulted in four people being injured, including a 6-year-old. Three teenagers who were involved in the exchange of gunfire were also injured and later arrested, police said.

Karanji Reese, 18, Jokava Harris, 19, and Desean Powell, 19, are all facing drug and weapons charges. Harris is also facing one count of reckless conduct after police said he fired a gun in the parking lot.

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Kennedy Maxie had been shopping with her mother and aunt and was riding in the car in near Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21, 2020, when she was shot. The 7-year-old died five days later.

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Kennedy Maxie had been shopping with her mother and aunt and was riding in the car in near Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21, 2020, when she was shot. The 7-year-old died five days later.

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Kennedy Maxie had been shopping with her mother and aunt and was riding in the car in near Phipps Plaza on Dec. 21, 2020, when she was shot. The 7-year-old died five days later.

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Credit: Abusaid, Shaddi (AJC-Atlanta)

Dec. 21, 2020: Kennedy Maxie had been shopping with her mother and aunt and was riding in the car in near Phipps Plaza when she was shot. The 7-year-old died five days later. Kennedy’s aunt told detectives she heard the gunfire while driving along Peachtree Road near Phipps. Moments later, she realized Kennedy had been struck and drove straight to the hospital, where the little girl was rushed into surgery. In January, a Virginia man was arrested and charged with Kennedy’s murder.

Dec. 19, 2020: A fight between two women led to a shooting at Arbor Place mall, Douglasville police said. Nobody was struck by the gunfire, but at least one person was injured after falling while running away, Douglasville police Maj. J.R. Davidson said. No one was in custody hours after the incident.

Dec. 5, 2020: Shoppers reported hearing a gunshot inside the Neiman Marcus store at Lenox Square around 6 p.m., according to Atlanta police. Investigators now say the incident was an accident and they don’t believe anyone was struck.

It was initially believed there may have been a dispute that led to the shooting. But police later said a man was walking through the store and adjusting his pants when the firearm he had in his waistband discharged, according to Sgt. John Chafee. No one was injured by the bullet.

Nov. 28, 2020: A massive brawl broke out at Atlantic Station, where about 300 teens were gathered near the bowling alley. When officers tried to disperse the clusters of teens, several “became defiant and more disorderly, engaging in more fistfights,” the Atlanta police report said.

One teen was beaten and punched until he lost consciousness, police confirmed. When he fell to the ground, another teen repeatedly stomped on his head, the report said.

A 15-year-old who police identified as the primary aggressor was detained and charged with aggravated assault. He was not named due to his age.

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Nov. 20, 2020: Investigators believe a fight inside the newly opened Apple store inside Lenox Square escalated to gunfire, sending one man to the hospital.

Officers responded to a person shot call and found a man with a gunshot wound to his buttocks inside the store around 3 p.m. The store had just opened after relocating from another location within the mall.

Bullets from the shooting went as far as shattering the window of a MARTA bus stop across the shopping plaza’s parking lot. Investigators are searching for suspects.

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Shots were fired Friday afternoon inside the Neiman Marcus store at Lenox Square, according to Atlanta police.

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Shots were fired Friday afternoon inside the Neiman Marcus store at Lenox Square, according to Atlanta police.

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Shots were fired Friday afternoon inside the Neiman Marcus store at Lenox Square, according to Atlanta police.

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Oct. 16, 2020: A man being robbed at the cash register inside Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square pulled a gun and fired shots, according to Atlanta police.

Then, the man helped identify two of the people who tried to rob him, according to Officer TaSheena Brown. That’s when investigators realized the robbery victim was wanted for a prior crime.

Three people, including the alleged victim, were arrested and charged after the incident.