Columbus police have identified a suspect in Friday’s shooting at Peachtree Mall where a 16-year-old girl was shot in the back.
-Pierre Marquez Tolbert, 25, of Columbus faces one count each of aggravated assault, simple battery, reckless conduct and firing a pistol in the city limits, police said. He was still being sought Saturday in the 8:27 p.m. shooting at 3131 Manchester Expressway.
-The teen was in good condition at Midtown Medical Center late Friday and wasn’t expected to be admitted.
- A witness told police that he was in the south parking lot of Macy’s when a 22-year-old woman stepped from the driver’s side of a 2006 Suzuki Forenza and walked around to the car’s right rear passenger side. In an attempt to get the man out of her car, she was screaming at the rear passenger later identified as Tolbert. That’s when the man stepped from the car, slapped the woman with his hand and struck her in the face with a pistol pulled from his front pocket
- He is accused of firing a shot into the right rear passenger’s door below the door handle. The suspect then left the area on foot.
-The teen identified as Tolbert’s girlfriend was sitting in the middle of the back seat when the shot was fired. The bullet struck her lower back on the right side and went out the center.
Police found a shell casing from a .380-caliber pistol at the scene.