At 2:22 p.m. Monday afternoon, Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the 911 center received multiple emergency calls about a woman, Violet Lambert, 55, of Atlanta, who had been shot outside Cumberland Mall near the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Interstate 285.
Lambert, who eyewitnesses say was shot in the face, was transported by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where she died from her injuries.
On Monday afternoon Danny Wray Brown, 59, of East Point, fired at the first bystander who tried to assist Lambert.
“We are very relieved he was not injured,” Pierce said about the unidentified man who “attempted to do the right thing” at that moment.
Brown then fled the scene in a white van with a ladder on top, Pierce said.
“He very casually drove from this area after the shooting,” Pierce said Monday afternoon at the crime scene.
Cobb Police began chasing down leads on the white van. After obtaining a search warrant, with the assistance of East Point Police and Fulton County S.W.A.T., Pierce said detectives discovered Brown’s body with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We are convinced he is the shooter,” Pierce said.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has assumed jurisdiction of the body and is expected to confirm the manner and cause of Brown’s death.
Pierce confirmed Tuesday afternoon Lambert and Brown were acquaintances, but they did not live together. Before the shooting, investigators believe Brown targeted Lambert as she came out of the store and a verbal argument quickly became deadly.
“Obviously it is very disturbing to all,” said Pierce, but said he hopes knowing the shooting was an isolated incident can put the community, the Cumberland Mall management and eyewitnesses at ease.