Aggravated Assault Charges in East Cobb double shooting

Cobb Police Department Headquarters. Used on article about Anthony Walter PereiraCobb Police Department Headquarters (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

UPDATED: The Cobb County Police Department issued the following update to this story:

The victim, 21-year old Jake Allen Horne, succumbed to his injuries. The Cobb County Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit will be working with the District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the offense appropriately.

According to a press release from Officer Aniello Penirelli of the Cobb County Police Department, Larry Joel Epstein, 68, of a Marietta address, has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in connection with a double shooting on Wellington Lane in East Cobb.

Investigators from the Crimes Against Persons Unit report that on March 6 at 2:25 p.m. officers from Precinct 4 were called to Wellington Lane where they found one of the victims, a 37 year old man from Buchanan Georgia, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. They were directed to a residence where they found a second victim, a 21 year old Marietta man, who had a gunshot wound to the head.

The victims had been at the house to complete electrical work for the homeowner, who according to Cobb County property records, is Epstein.

They were both taken to Kennestone hospital where they are in serious condition.

Epstein is being held without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, charged with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call 770-499-3945.

Crimes Against Persons Division

The Crimes Against Persons Division of the Cobb County Police Department is broken down into several specialized units, to investigate homicides, robberies, technology-based crime, domestic violence and stalking, and crimes against children.  It has a unit that does crime analysis to identify evidence to help link cases and identify suspects.

The division also houses the Crime Scene Unit that according to the division’s website “is responsible for documenting and processing crime scenes to locate evidence, identify suspects, and to present evidence in criminal proceedings. Crime scene technicians are responsible for processing evidence utilizing a variety of procedures for fingerprint, DNA, and trace evidence.”

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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