Police identify woman killed in Georgia supermarket shooting – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
DECATUR, Georgia (AP) – Police have identified the cashier at a supermarket in the Atlanta area who was fatally shot after an argument over wearing face masks in the store.
Laquitta Willis, 41, died from injuries sustained Monday at Big Bear Supermarket in Decatur, DeKalb County police said Tuesday. The alleged gunman, 30-year-old Victor Lee Tucker Jr. of Palmetto, is charged with murder and aggravated assault. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to comment on the allegations against him.
Tucker and a Deputy DeKalb County Sheriff were injured in an exchange of gunfire. Tucker stayed in a hospital but should survive, police said. Danny Jordan, 54, Deputy DeKalb County Reserves, was shot twice but was wearing a bulletproof vest and remained in “stable” in the hospital on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
Tucker got into an argument with Willis over his face mask and left the store without buying anything, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But then he returned immediately, went straight to Willis, pulled a gun and shot her, the GBI said.
Jordan, who worked off duty as security for the supermarket, tried to intervene and exchanged shots with Tucker, the GBI said.
The sheriff’s office said a second cashier was struck by a bullet and treated on the spot.
Jordan, a veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, has been a member of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Reserves Unit since March, the agency said. The unit is a not-for-profit organization composed primarily of retired law enforcement officers who volunteer for the sheriff’s office.
Decatur is a suburban community about 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
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