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Georgia Mall Shooting

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ A suspect and a security guard were
shot during an attempted robbery at a shopping mall west of Atlanta
today while a lunchtime crowd ducked for cover.

Bill Ball, general manager of Arbor Place Mall in Douglas
County, says the guard's injuries are not believed to be
life-threatening. Police says the suspect's wounds are more severe.

Ball said a Brinks guard was at the mall to service some of the
ATM machines.

Douglasville Police Chief Joe Whisenant said that shortly after
noon, the guard was inside on the second floor when the would-be
robber approached and put a gun to his head. Whisenant said they
scuffled and both men fired, with the guard hit in the leg and the
suspect in the mouth.

Both men were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Whisenant said the suspect is 41 years old and from DeKalb County
on Atlanta's eastern side.

He also said that money, the apparent target of the robbery, was
recovered.

A witness, Denise Shipp of Douglasville, said she was eating
lunch in the mall's food court with her husband John when they
heard gunshots. She said people in the food court were diving under
tables, holding up chairs and hiding behind a half wall.


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