Cobb County woman shot at apartment complex
by Rachel Gray
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An unidentified woman was shot at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the Wynridge Apartments in Marietta after multiple rounds were fired at her. She was taken to  WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Witnesses provided first-hand accounts to Marietta Police, who questioned two people of interest in the crime. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
An unidentified woman was shot at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the Wynridge Apartments in Marietta after multiple rounds were fired at her. She was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Witnesses provided first-hand accounts to Marietta Police, who questioned two people of interest in the crime.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MARIETTA — A woman was injured when multiple gunshots were fired at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a Marietta apartment complex, as children played in the snow just a few feet away.

The shooting happened at the top of a slight hill in the back of the Wynridge Apartments, off South Marietta Parkway on Lake Drive.

On Friday evening, Marietta Police were working to track down the suspects but had not released any names or images of the accused shooters.

The scene played out in broad daylight right next to a playground and the leasing office.

An eye witness said two men parked a black Nissan Maxima and got out of the vehicle.

“Only one guy had a gun from the looks of it,” said one witness, who asked not to be identified.

Marietta Police confirmed the suspects approached a group of people inside a green Ford Expedition. The two groups talked before the shots rang out.

The Ford Expedition skidded over an ice patch trying to flee the scene as the black Maxima pulled out, witnesses said.

A woman in the Ford did not escape the bullets.

“He shot three times and she started screaming,” the eye witness said.

The unidentified woman, who was shot once in the leg, was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. Officer David Baldwin said she was in stable condition Friday evening.

“She is going to be fine,” Baldwin said.

Neighbors shocked, frightened

The eyewitness said it appeared that both groups of people had picked the parking lot as a meeting place, possibly to sell drugs.

“I had never seen them before,” he said.

Tiffany Bumpass, 31, who has lived at the complex since November, did not know about the shooting when she returned home from work Friday morning.

Her two young children, who had stayed home Thursday because of the school closings, were being watched by their grandmother.

Bumpass said she was not home Thursday because she was driving a bus for Cobb Community Transit. That afternoon, Bumpass was about to drive the bus from Aviation Road onto South Marietta Parkway, but traffic was stopped.

“I remember calling in (to dispatch) because I needed a reroute,” she said.

Bumpass remembered Marietta Police were surveying the area with dogs at the time, but did not realize the activity was because of a shooting near her home.

A woman who lives near the area of the crime scene but wanted to remain anonymous said she is now scared for the safety of her 17-month-old daughter.

“It is the fear this now brings, and I have to live here,” said the woman, who also witnessed the shooting.

The unnamed woman has been housed at Wynridge Apartments by the Center for Family Resources since October. Her lease runs through April.

The woman said her neighborhood is filled with mostly Latinos, who are nice and family-oriented neighbors, but another “mix of people” around the area openly smoke marijuana.

She said there was a drug raid three months ago in the apartment complex with SWAT teams wearing bulletproof jackets and carrying assault rifles.

The woman said the Marietta Police need to patrol the area more, but she had not seen more of a police presence the day after the shooting.

She said she is willing to work with the police as a witness to the shooting.

“I am not afraid to identify (the suspects) if they are caught,” she said.

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