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Police Arrest Midtown Building's Security Guard in Fatal Shooting

Shooting at Midtown parking deck left one woman dead and two others injured.

Atlanta police have arrested the security guard of a Midtown office tower and charged him in a shooting that killed one woman and injured two others at the building's parking deck.

Nkosi Thandiwe, 22, is charged with one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault, according to police spokesman Carlos Campos. 

Thandiwe was a security guard at The Proscenium building at Peachtree and 14th streets and the shooting took place in the building's parking deck off Crescent Avenue, police said.

Campos said Thandiwe realized he had been identified by police, so he contacted an attorney and turned himself in.

The incident happened around noon on Friday.

"It was a pretty bold move for him to shoot so many people right in the middle of the day," Major Keith Meadows said. 

The woman who was killed was shot at least once in the neck inside the parking deck, Meadows said. He said investigators think the shooter was waiting for her in the parking deck. Police have not released her name.

On Friday afternoon, Meadows indicated that the suspect might be "a disgruntled employee."

The other two women were shot as the suspect fled the parking deck in a black Toyota Prius. Police said the car belonged to the victim and was recovered in southwest Atlanta.

"We believe that he fired several rounds from inside the car, striking at least two more victims," Meadows said. "We believe that they might have been random victims."

One woman was shot in the back, and the other in the ankle. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment and are in "satisfactory condition," Meadows said. 

MSLGroup, a communications firm which has an office in the Proscenium building, released a statement that identified the two wounded women as their employees -- Lauren Garcia, a 23-year-old intern, and Tiffany Ferenczy, a 24-year-old assistant account executive. 

Jennifer Horvath, who works in the Proscenium building, said she saw the two wounded victims. 

"The woman who was shot in the ankle looked to be in her 20s or 30s with blond hair," Horvath said. "She didn't look to be in too much pain and was sitting up ... I didn't see any blood on the ground. There were about 100 people standing by, watching."

Sean Holland, a manager at Opera Nightclub, said his staff of about 40 parks nightly at the garage. Despite the shooting, he said he feels security there has been good.

"It's very well maintained, very well managed. We've never had a problem."

Nearby resident Shelbi Saine said she heard the gunshots from her patio at the 1010 Midtown condos.

"This doesn't happen in Midtown, especially at noon in the middle of the day," Saine said. "Just crazy."

Judy Carpenter July 16, 2011 at 01:05 PM
This was a very sad incident, but sadder indeed is the response that we should arm ourselves "so at least if somebody starts shooting, you can return fire!". Think about it: how many others would have been injured had one of those women started shooting back? I've lived in Midtown for six years now and have never felt threatened or the need to carry a gun. What happened in the Proscenium parking deck could have happened anywhere.
Townley McGiffert July 16, 2011 at 04:16 PM
But APD raids a gay bar, violates their rights, because a phone caller said people were wearing underwear in the bar? APD needs to get some priorities that aren't bigoted in Midtown. This is rough.
Andrew Wordes July 20, 2011 at 04:38 AM
This is heartbreaking to all of us who live in Roswell and value everyone's life. I hope you are a GACARRY.ORG member as we are constantly fighting for our rights to carry for protection.
Anonymous July 22, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Anonymous, This situation was premeditaed. Apparently he had some kind of relationship with the 27yr old victim that was suppose to be engaged. He waited for her to leave to shoot and just shot the ones that were in his way when he fled.
Anonymous July 22, 2011 at 02:01 PM
No area is bad or unsafe until people in that community make it that way.good person,bad actions.full story has not been told.

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