DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody police responded to reports of a fight in progress with gunshots at the Perimeter Mall Dec. 29.
Officers stopped a Kia Optima and detained three women who were reportedly involved in an altercation with a couple, according to the police report.
Police questioned the two victims, a 28-year-old Riverdale man and his 25-year-old girlfriend.
The man explained that he sells custom shoes online and that one of the women, Keerica Lashae Brackins, 23, of Oakley Road in Union City had ordered a $400 pair of shoes, which he was supposed to deliver to her five days prior. But when Brackins tried to cancel the order and demanded $300 be refunded, it sparked a civil dispute because the man operated with a policy that all sales are final.
As they were shopping at the mall, the victims ran into Brackins, who was with two other women and two men. The group allegedly jumped the victims and stole several of the items they’d just purchased at the mall, according to the report.
Police found several of the newly purchased items in the suspects’ car. Although officers found a gun in the vehicle, mall employees told investigators no shots were fired during the incident. Instead, they said, a display case fell down causing shoppers to think a shooting had occurred, the report indicated.
Investigators took all three suspects to the Dunwoody police station for questioning. Afterward they released two of the women but charged Brackins with strong-armed robbery and two counts of battery.