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Aggravated Assault

police, public information release
December 16, 2019

On Saturday, December 14, 2019 at approximately 1:18 p.m. Cobb County Police Department uniform officers from Precinct Three were dispatched to 2860 Cumberland Mall SE (Cumberland Mall) in reference to shots fired and a person injured.

Upon arrival, officers located one victim with a gunshot wound to the neck/shoulder area. It was determined that the incident began with a verbal dispute. Investigators utilized surveillance footage along with interviews to identify suspects.

The victim was identified as 18-year-old Ethan Green. Mr. Green was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

An additional victim was identified as 21-year-old Anthony Ezell. Mr. Ezell did not sustain injuries during the incident. He was identified as a victim of aggravated assault because the suspect pointed a weapon at him prior to discharging the firearm at Mr. Green.

The suspects were identified as 18-year-old Zaire Dhanoolal of Marietta and 19-year-old Joweer Ponce of Marietta. Arrest warrants were obtained from the Cobb County Magistrate’s Office. Mr. Dhanoolal was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault (F). Mr. Ponce was charged with Reckless Conduct (M) and Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without a Permit (M). Both suspects were transported to Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.