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Covington woman charged in DeKalb Target shooting

Posted July 13

— A Covington woman is facing charges in connection with an apparent "parking lot rage" incident on June 11 in DeKalb County that ended with a man being shot.

According to news reports, about 9:30 a.m. Tara L. Moody, 40, of Covington, and Robert Herwing, 47, of Decatur, both tried to drive around a truck at the same time in the parking lot of the Target store on LaVista Road near Interstate 285. Surveillance video captured the entire incident and showed that neither driver would budge.

After they parked, the video showed Herwing get out of his car and approach Moody, who was standing outside her car. After a brief argument, Herwing apparently poured a liquid, later determined to be bottled water, once on Moody's car, then twice on her. Moody then got back into her car and got a handgun. She allegedly shot Herwing in the shoulder, then drove away. Herwing grabbed his chest and stumbled into the Target store, where employees called 911. Herwing was transported to a local hospital where he is reportedly in critical but stable condition.

DeKalb County Police were able to determine Moody's identity from the video and requested assistance from the Newton County Sheriff's Office in interviewing her. According to an incident report, deputies contacted Moody and she allegedly agreed to talk to the DeKalb detectives at her house on Creekview Boulevard. Detectives also brought a search warrant with them to locate the vehicle and the gun allegedly used in the incident.

After the interview, Moody was arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail. She has been charged with aggravated assault.

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