The guards shot Octavis Mabry of Carrollton at least twice in the chest after he wounded Kevin Ridley, 23, of Decatur outside L.C.’s Lounge, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mabry was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Ridley, struck in the arm, was treated and released.
Sgt. Marc Griffith told the AJC that two groups of young men were fighting at a nightclub earlier in the evening. They left, and continued the confrontation at L.C.’s Lounge on Carrollton Villa Rica Highway.
Security guards escorted the men out about 2 a.m. That’s when Mabry got a pistol from his car, Griffith said.
Mabry shot Latrampus Crowder, 22, of Carrollton, in the foot, Griffith said.
“Crowder tries to get away from the guy that’s shooting him, he’s hobbling toward some security guards at the entrance, and Mabry is shooting toward that area,” Griffith said. “He shoots a security guard in the arm. Both guards shoot and kill Mr. Mabry.”
Crowder was treated and released for his foot injury.
No charges have been filed against Ridley and the other guard, Alec Uglum of Carrollton, Griffith said.
“We’re going to get the District Attorney to help investigate this,” Griffith said. “It may be a legitimate shooting, but it will be reviewed.”
Griffith said it’s unclear what prompted the fight between the groups of men.
Witnesses mentioned one man used to date another’s sister, and also that “somebody was threatening to steal somebody’s car,” Griffith said.
“It’s tragic that somebody dies basically because of a stupid argument like that,” Griffith said.
A pistol was found on Mabry.
One guard used a pistol, the other a shotgun, to shoot Mabry. An autopsy was pending.
Police said young adults roamed Sunday night into early Monday through the area, storming businesses and harassing pedestrians.
Three people were shot in violence possibly related to the disruptive behavior, the New York Post reported.
“This kind of nonsense (on Easter night) has been going on for the five years I’ve been here,” a security guard for a West 42nd Street business said. “The police try to maintain the crowd, but while one side of the street is maintained, on the other side of the street a fight breaks out.”
Early Monday two people were shot and 20 young men were seen leaving the scene, the Post said. The conditions of the injured were not immediately known.
Another woman, hit by a BB pellet, did not have a life-threatening injury, authorities said.
Police were trying to determine if the three incidents were related to the general Times Square disturbances.
A police officer trying to break up a group of youths outside a police substation sustained a knee injury and was taken away on a stretcher, officials said.
In previous years, the Post said, police and businesses increased security on Easter to prepare for what is known in certain circles as “Gang Initiation Day.”