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'I heard screams' | Witness describes panic after man shot 2 at Stonecrest Mall

11Alive obtained exclusive video appearing to show the shooter running up to and then running away from a vehicle holding up a firearm.

STONECREST, Ga. — DeKalb County Police are investigating a shooting that left two people injured in Stonecrest Thursday afternoon.

A detective with the department told 11Alive this happened near Chapel Beauty at the shopping center, not far from The Mall at Stonecrest.

According to police, a man and his girlfriend were going to the store when he allegedly heard an offensive comment made by two men who were in a car. Moments later, he allegedly started shooting the two men; police said both were hit in the leg.

11Alive obtained exclusive video appearing to show the shooter running up to and then running away from a vehicle holding up a firearm.

DeKalb County Police investigators were seen at the shopping center right outside of the Shoppers World store. 11Alive's SkyTracker flew over the area before 5 p.m. where at least four police vehicles were seen in the parking lot.

"I heard what sounded like five or six pops," Kara Scott said.

Kara Scott is a manager at Fancy Pop in the Staples Shopping Center where the shooting happened.

She initially thought the popping sound she heard outside was from a driver running over a water bottle. 

“As I’m walking to the door a customer comes up, she’s coming over, and I’m like, ‘What happened over there?’ She said, ‘Someone got shot in the parking lot.'” Scott said. 

"I was looking down at the victims. I heard screams," David DePriest said.

David DePriest works at 100 Degrees Barber Shop and said he witnessed the shooting as he sat in his car in the parking lot. 

"I saw what I thought was the suspect walking between the cars, putting the gun away, he jumped in the car, and they sped off down that way," DePriest said. 

11Alive cameras were rolling as a truck towed away the silver car shot up, which left those who work in the shopping center rattled. 

"This is a really nice neighborhood," DePriest said." We really don’t have a lot of gun violence up here.”

“It was kind of believable because I never expected anything like that to happen, especially while I’m at work," Scott said. 

Police haven't released a description of the suspect's vehicle, but DePriest said it appeared to be a black Chevy Impala with Florida license plates. 

A spokesperson with Stonecrest Mall emphasized authorities were not investigating a shooting on mall property and said the police presence was due to an incident nearby.

As for the couple involved in the shooting, police said they are still searching for them. 11Alive will update this story as more information becomes available.