Buckhead Coalition offers $5K reward for info on latest Lenox shooting

Lenox Square. Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com
Lenox Square. Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com

Credit: Alyssa Pointer, alyssa.pointer@ajc.com

Credit: Alyssa Pointer, alyssa.pointer@ajc.com

The Buckhead Coalition said Thursday it is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the latest shooting outside Lenox Square.

On Monday afternoon, a man was shot in a mall parking lot after meeting someone in the food court, according to Atlanta police. The shooting was the third in eight weeks outside the mall, and investigators have already made arrests in connection to the first two incidents.

No motive has been released in the latest incident. According to an incident report released Thursday, Sinzinkayo H. Sinzinkayo was shot in the rib area. He was outside Bloomingdale’s when officers arrived and was alert.

Investigators reviewed security cameras, which showed Sinzinkayo parking his gray Buick in the food court parking lot shortly before noon. He was also seen sitting inside his car until shortly after 2 p.m., when an acquaintance parked nearby in a white Ford, according to police. Sinzinkayo got into the Ford, and a Nissan Altima pulled up behind them.

“Two unknown black males were seen talking around the two vehicles before one was seen retrieving something from the trunk of the Nissan,” the report states. “The subjects were then seen heading towards the Ford Flex where Mr. Sinzinkayo and Mr. (Thierno) Diallo were still waiting.”

For approximately 38 seconds, the camera did not capture what took place. Thierno Diallo and Sinzinkayo were then seen running away from the Ford, according to police.

Diallo was not injured in the shooting, but was taken to police headquarters for questioning, the report states. The Buick and the Ford were removed from the scene to be examined for evidence.

The Buckhead Coalition is a nonprofit civic group that includes 100 CEOs of area companies. Former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell is the group’s president.

Massell said responding to the incident with the reward is part of the group’s mission.

“We go in every direction you can think of whether it’s health, public safety, parks or traffic,” he said. "It’s my job.”

The reward, he said, is “not the answer to all crime,” but he’s hopeful it will assist police in solving the case.

“It makes people feel safer,” he said. “It makes the place safer. ”

In addition to the $5,000 reward offered by the Buckhead Coalition, Crime Stoppers Atlanta offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction for unsolved cases. Tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online.

— Staff writer Jennifer Brett contributed to this report.

The man, who police said is in his late 40s, was taken to the hospital and is stable.