When officers arrived, they found 29-year-old Jarvis Johamas McNabb of Marietta down in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Authorities Thursday arrested Gershom Joshua Brown, 27, of Marietta at the Wildwood Ridge Apartments in the Cumberland area and Desmond Mosby, 27, of Atlanta was arrested on Liberty Parkway, between Vinings and Atlanta.
Both men were apprehended around 2 p.m. by fugitive investigators with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. A third arrest was announced later Thursday, that of Kemanie Rhaburn, 29, of Inglewood, Calif.
All three suspects face charges of felony murder and are being held without bond in the Cobb County jail.
Cobb Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance video to help crack the case, said Officer Mike Bowman, but they were tight-lipped on the details. They would not say if the shooting was gang related. Nor would they say what type of gun was used or how many shots were fired.
A representative of Zaxby’s regional office said neither McNabb nor his alleged killers entered the restaurant Wednesday night.
Moments after the shooting, witnesses reported seeing one man flee on foot and two other men drive away in a four-door, red compact car, according to Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for the Cobb County Police Department.
Stopping crime needs community change
This Zaxby’s location has been the site of one other violent crime in the past year. An armed robbery occurred there just after midnight on May 19, according to a list of incident-response reports requested for the property from Cobb police.
The May 19 incident showed a 911 call was placed hours before to report a suspicious person in the area, and a patrolman spent 45 minutes investigating that initial report.
Wednesday’s shooting didn’t stop patrons from lining up at the restaurant’s drive-thru and inside for lunch Thursday, including a family with young children.
One patron, a man who works a mile away at Tendler Printing Co., was eating with his 18-year-old grandson. He said crime is common in the area and nearly every day there are break-ins and property being stolen.
Two other women, Amy Borden of Atlanta and Casey Yarn of Hiram, were grabbing a bite inside Zaxby’s during their lunch break from Park Landscape Services, five miles north on South Cobb Drive.
The women said they had not heard about the shooting until they looked up the incident on Borden’s cellphone.
Borden said she is not worried about crime in the area.
“It seems like there are always cops present,” Borden said.
Xenté Harris of Atlanta, who was filling up his SUV on Thursday afternoon at the RaceTrac gas station next door to Zaxby’s, agreed about the police presence.
He said people living in Cobb County know not to commit a crime there because of the quick response from police officers that are always nearby.
In fact, Thursday afternoon a Georgia State Patrol car was monitoring South Cobb Drive less than a mile from the Zaxby’s.
That is why, nine out of 10 times, people committing crimes in the area are not from Smyrna but stay at one of the weekly motels around Interstate 285, Harris said.
Harris said the perpetrators target victims, commit a crime and then flee the area.
“They take advantage of the situation. And people that live around here, we all have to suffer,” Harris said.