Surveillance video released of Lenox Square shooting suspects leaving scene

These are screenshots of surveillance video of the two Lenox Square shooting suspects leaving the scene Saturday, according to police.
These are screenshots of surveillance video of the two Lenox Square shooting suspects leaving the scene Saturday, according to police.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Nearly a week after a Macy’s employee was shot in the stomach during an attempted carjacking, police released surveillance video of the two suspects leaving the scene at Lenox Square.

The suspects are seen boarding a MARTA train before getting off at an undisclosed stop, according to the video provided by Atlanta police.

The two men are accused of robbing and shooting a mall employee in the Lenox Square parking garage.

About 12:15 p.m. Saturday, the employee was coming into work when she was approached by two young men as she walked to her car on the first floor of a Lenox Square parking deck, AJC.com previously reported.

RELATED: Macy's employee shot during attempted carjacking at Lenox Square

She had already entered the store but had forgotten her drink in her car, according to an Atlanta police incident report released Friday afternoon. The woman said she opened her car door and, before she knew it, someone snatched her iPhone from her jacket pocket.

She turned around to find a man pointing a gun at her face, police said. The suspect told her to “give me everything you got,” the report said.

She pleaded with the man, telling him she didn’t have any money to give him, which is when she was told to hand over her car keys, the report said. She told the suspect no and grabbed the barrel of his gun, tilting it down and away from her face.

That’s when the weapon fired, striking her in the stomach, police said. She was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released later that evening. Doctors told investigators the bullet entered and exited the woman’s abdomen without damaging any organs.

The suspects ran away after the shooting and were later seen boarding a MARTA train, according to investigators.

Police are searching for two suspects accused of shooting a Macy's employee in the Lenox Square parking garage during a botched carjacking.
Police are searching for two suspects accused of shooting a Macy's employee in the Lenox Square parking garage during a botched carjacking.

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

Credit: Atlanta Police Department

“This robbery attempt in broad daylight, at the height of the holiday shopping season when APD and the mall have increased security at and around (Lenox Square), is an appalling and brazen criminal act that will be dealt with swiftly,” police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a prior statement.

It was the second time a shooting took place at a metro Atlanta mall within a week. The Saturday before the Lenox Square incident, gunfire rang out in the Cumberland Mall food court.

RELATED: 'Pure pandemonium': 1 injured, suspect at large after shooting at Cumberland Mall 

The shooting, which began as an argument, left an 18-year-old injured, according to Cobb police. Two Marietta men — Zaire Dhanoolal, 18, and Joweer Ponce, 19 — were arrested the following day.

MORE: 2 teens arrested in connection with shooting at Cumberland Mall

Zaire Dhanoolal (left), Joweer Ponce
Zaire Dhanoolal (left), Joweer Ponce

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Police are still searching for the shooter.

Anyone with information on the Lenox Square shooting suspects is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477 or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Tips can be sent anonymously and information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this investigation can earn tipsters up to $2,000.

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