From December to March, four shootings took place outside Lenox, ending with a deadly incident on March 8. That’s when investigators believe a Tennessee man was killed following a dispute over a parking space. Thuan Nguyen, 31, was shot in the head, according to police.
Four days later, Ricky James Lafargue was charged with Nguyen’s murder, police said. But Lafargue, 19, was not in custody Monday afternoon.
The string of shootings prompted Simon Malls, which operates Lenox, and APD — which has a precinct at the mall — to increase security measures.
APD Chief Erika Shields has called the brazen violence deeply concerning. “We will not, under any circumstances, allow lawlessness to destroy one of Atlanta’s most beloved and long-standing retail institutions,” Shields said.
Arrests have been made in the first three shooting incidents.
But the coronavirus outbreak closed Lenox and other malls in mid-March through April. Though the malls have reopened, not all retailers have opened.
Employees must self-screen before returning to work.