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Suspects identified in parking lot double shooting at Sandy Springs Kroger; 1 wanted, 1 in custody

Police issued warrants for the suspects.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — UPDATE: Authorities said they have arrested one of the suspects in this case after he contacted them to surrender. He is charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to murder and aggravated battery. However, they are still looking for Devonte Childs. Anyone with information of his whereabouts should contact police.

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Devonte L. Childs

Original information:

The Sandy Springs Police Department has identified two suspects in Tuesday evening's double shooting at a Kroger in Sandy Springs.  

Police have issued warrants for 25-year-old Devonte L. Childs and a 35-year-old man. Their whereabouts are currently unknown but investigators said they are believed to be armed and "extremely dangerous."

Investigators said 22-year-old Yemi Ezekiel Mabiaku, from Atlanta, was killed during the shooting in the parking lot at the Kroger at the Orchard Park Shopping Center. Another person was injured in the shooting. Earlier in the day, investigators said the shooting was not a random act of violence, and the victims were there to meet the "perpetrators." 

During the interviews, investigators found that everyone involved knew each other. They said the parties involved met up to allegedly carry out a transaction with marijuana. 

"During the drug transaction, shots were fired and both victims were struck; one of them receiving fatal injuries," Sandy Springs Police said in a news release.

Childs is facing two counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and aggravated assault with intent to murder.

The 35-year-old is facing two counts of aggravated assault with intent to murder and aggravated battery.

Anyone who is information about there whereabouts of the suspects should contact police.

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