Suspect in custody in death at Gwinnett mall; victim ID’d

Updated Dec 14, 2017
Authorities investigated after a man was found dead in the Global Mall parking lot in Gwinnett County.

A man is in custody after another man was found dead in the parking lot of a Gwinnett County mall early Wednesday.

Authorities said Nooruddin Merchant, 55, of unincorporated Snellville, shot the victim, Kanakkumar Yvas, 62, of unincorporated Lilburn, on Tuesday night at Global Mall on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross.

There was “some type of business relationship between the suspect and victim,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Thursday.

The GBI is investigating the incident.

Merchant has not been booked into jail yet. He’s in a hospital with injuries he suffered during the arrest, Miles said.

A Norcross police officer who was dispatched to the scene on a “person down” call found the man just before 1:10 a.m., Sgt. Donald Eric Butynski said.

The mall touts itself as “the first indoor South Asian mall in North America.” It is home to more than 60 specialty stores and restaurants, according to the mall’s website.

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