Police: Man ran for help before being killed outside Taco Mac in Cobb

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

A man was killed and another was arrested Monday after a shooting outside a restaurant in a busy Cobb County shopping center, police said.

Officers were called to a Taco Mac at the Parkway Pointe shopping center in the Cumberland area near the junction of I-75 and I-285 regarding the shooting at about 12:20 p.m., Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk said. 24-year-old Larry Miller of Atlanta was found shot multiple times outside of the restaurant, Delk added.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Peter Lampley, from Dallas, is accused of first shooting at Miller inside a Volkswagen Taos, his arrest warrant states.

“Said accused did fire a firearm at the victim while inside a vehicle ...” the warrant states. “The victim fled the vehicle and said accused followed the victim, continuing to fire his firearm at the victim.”

Miller attempted to go inside the Taco Mac but the door was locked, according to police. Lampley then shot Miller several more times, according to the warrant.

The 24-year-old Miller was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he died.

Lampley, who authorities said went to the restaurant with Miller, was detained at the scene. He was charged with murder, but Delk said it’s “not clear why Lampley shot Miller.” He was being held without bond Tuesday at the Cobb jail.

The shopping center is located just across the Perimeter from Truist Park and the Battery. Parkway Pointe is also home to an AMC movie theater and a Main Event entertainment center, which includes a bowling alley and arcade.

“There was not one or two shots, there was probably 15 or more shots,” Kristy Owens, who was eating at Taco Mac at the time of the shooting, told Channel 2 Action News. “And they were in very quick succession.”

Owens, who called 911, told the news station she was out to lunch with coworkers when they heard shots and briefly hid under a table before heading for the exit.

“It was just an ocean of people scrambling to try to get to that exit,” she said. “We just ran as fast as we could all the way down the street.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call detectives at 770-499-3945.