According to police, the shooting escalated from an argument between Gebremichael and the person in the vehicle. It was not clear if the two knew each other.
Felipe Cárdenas, a Buckhead resident, was sitting outside at Dancing Goats Coffee next door to Sephora on a work call when he heard about three gunshots around 1:50 p.m.
“We all stopped and looked at each other, like everyone that was there. And I remember I looked at a gentleman and he looked at me and he shook his head as if he knew what it was, kind of like disappointed,” Cárdenas told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via phone.
Then a woman’s scream filled the silence and Cárdenas watched as employees at a restaurant next door flew out the door and began running.
“That’s when everyone just got up and ran. I was on a call and I told my colleague, ‘I’m running,’ and I just threw my laptop in my bookbag and took off to my car,” he said.
Cárdenas described a chaotic scene where witnesses weren’t sure where to run. He said many had confused looks on their faces.
“This was the first time I’ve had to like actually actively run and I witnessed the confusion of people,” Cárdenas said. “No one knew what to do, basically.”
Sephora was closed for the remainder of the day Tuesday. It was unclear when the store will reopen.
— Staff writer Chelsea Prince contributed to this article.