Mall shooter: 'I messed up, I just shot your momma' - CBS46 News

Mall shooter: 'I messed up, I just shot your momma'

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A woman shot at Cumberland Mall in the parking lot near Macy's on Monday has died from her injuries, according to the Cobb County Police Department.

The woman, identified as Violet Lambert, 55, of Atlanta, was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where she died from her injuries, authorities said.

Lambert's family told CBS46's Mike Paluska that her killer, Danny Brown, of East Point, was a close family friend. Moments after the shooting Kim Monroe said Brown called Lambert's son and admitted to the crime. 

"He said he was going to shoot himself," Monroe said. "He was like, 'I messed up. I just shot your momma' and that was it."

According to police, a short time later, the white van Brown fled in was discovered parked at a residence in East Point. After obtaining a search warrant, and with the assistance of East Point police and Fulton County SWAT, detectives discovered the body of Brown, 59.

Brown died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said at about 2:20 p.m., Brown shot Lambert in the parking lot of Macy's after an argument.

A good Samaritan was also shot at multiple times while trying to assist the victim but was not hit. Police said that man was able to give them a good description of the suspect and vehicle.

Monroe said she wants to meet the good Samaritan who tried to help the grandmother of her children.

"Thank you, thank you so much for trying to help," Monroe said. 

When shots were fired, witnesses say people began running for cover in a panic.

"I realized that is the lady, she got shot," Muhammad Sharwar said. "It is very sad, I actually am feeling shaky about that, because she is someone's wife, daughter, child. It is so heartbreaking."

Monroe said Brown and Lambert worked together at Friendship Tower Apartments on Northside Drive. 

Brown is a maintenance man on the property, Monroe said.  

"We have known each other for years and years," Monroe said. "The two had been friends for more than five years."

Monroe said she thinks the motive may have been that Brown's advances on Lambert were never returned.

"She always said she didn't like him in that way - he was OK with that, but I guess he wasn't," Monroe said. "I guess he wanted more and she kept telling him, 'No, I don't like you in that way.' He knew she was involved with someone else."

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