Manju Gurung Poonmagar, a native of the south Asian nation of Nepal, was killed while driving into the parking lot of the Westminster Square gated complex where she lived with her husband, said Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police.
The complex, at 2401 Windy Hill Road, sits between Cobb Parkway and Interstate 75.
Pierce said after Poonmagar was fatally wounded by gunfire, she crashed into another car. Cobb Police received a call at 1:19 a.m. about a crash in the parking lot of the complex.
By Tuesday afternoon, orange paint markings showed where Poonmagar drove her car across the street from her apartment, over a curb and into a nearby parking space.
One of her neighbors at the apartments, who owned the newly purchased small black car Poonmagar hit, said he did not hear a gunshot or the crash, but woke up at about 2 a.m. to the sounds and sights of police cars outside his porch.
Another vehicle, a Chevy Impala with a Cobb license plate, parked directly in front of the Poonmagars’ apartment a few yards away, had damage to the front right panel. There was also a circular puncture to the glass on the bottom right side of the Impala’s windshield.
Likely fifth homicide in two weeks for Cobb
This likely marks the fifth homicide in Cobb County since Dec. 17. There was also an officer-involved shooting at the America’s Best Extended Stay Hotel in which a Cobb officer shot and killed a man he confronted about a stolen motorcycle. The man drew a handgun on the officer, according to a brief statement released by Cobb Police.
Pierce said police had no suspects in Poonmagar’s death as of Tuesday afternoon. Anyone who may have information regarding this shooting is asked to call (770) 499-3945.
Damaged cars at crime scene
Pierce said there is no evidence to indicate there was anyone else in the car at the time Poonmagar was shot. He said Poonmagar was the intended target of the shooting, and not a victim of crossfire.
Cobb police officers were inside Poonmagar’s apartment Tuesday afternoon, where they escorted a man, who appeared to be of South Asian ethnicity but was not Poonmagar’s husband, down the stairs of the apartment building and into the front passenger seat of a detective’s car.
Pierce would not disclose the man’s name, saying he was not a suspect at this time but could be a witness being questioned by police.
Poonmagar’s husband, Tara, called a longtime friend of the couple, Biru Tamang, early Tuesday morning. Tamang said Tara Poonmagar asked him to come to the apartment as soon as he got the message.
Tamang said Manju Poonmagar worked at a nearby gas station, and officers at the scene Tuesday said 1:19 a.m. would have been an appropriate time for her to be returning home from work.
Westminster Square is off a busy section of Windy Hill Road across from an Ed Voyles Collision Center. The apartment complex has a wide private entrance with a black metal gate.
The 486 units are grouped in several two-story buildings with private balconies and patios. The complex has pools, tennis courts, and a dog park.
Tamang said Tara Poonmagar had moved from Nepal to the United States more than seven years ago to start a tourism business.
Manju Poonmagar had joined her husband to live in the Cobb area two years ago, Taman said. The couple had been living at the back of the Westminster Square complex for about a year.
Tara and Manju Poonmagar did not have any children, according to Tamang, who said he has known the couple since they all lived in Nepal.