DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – A triple shootout at a DeKalb County, Georgia grocery store left a dead cashier and deputy and the gunman injured, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported.
The shooting took place Monday afternoon at the Big Bear grocery store along Candler Road.
The incident began when a man entered the store and refused to put on a mask.
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“I have a friend who works in this store and I think she was the one who got shot and it’s really sad,” witness Marquisha White said. “I don’t know where the world is heading, period.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the cashier told Victor Lee Tucker, Jr., 30, of Palmetto, to put on a mask and that’s when the chaos unfolded.
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“Tucker left the store without making his purchase, but immediately went inside. Tucker went straight back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her, ”the GBI said in a press release.
“The deputy fired back, shooting the suspect who was also taken to a local hospital,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said.
The GBI said two DeKalb County police officers arrested Tucker as he attempted to crawl through the store’s front door.
Fernandes spoke with the owner of Big Bear, who did not give his name.
He said he hired an assistant on leave to help enforce the mask policy in the store.
After Monday’s triple fire, he said he may no longer allow customers to carry guns inside the store.
“How come they carry all the guns in a public place like this?” He asked, calling the practice “bad”.
People who frequent the store say the gunman is well known in Big Bear and think he may have some mental health issues.
Tucker was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was last listed as being in stable condition.
Another cashier was also grazed by a bullet. She was treated on the spot.
The deputy was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he was last listed as being in stable condition.
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