While much of the nation has eased COVID-19 restrictions and mask guidelines, many states and counties within are still mandating the wearing of face coverings inside their establishment. A cashier lost her life after she asked a man to don a mask while inside a Dekalb County grocery store, who left and then returned to gun the woman down.
As detailed in a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Victor Lee Tucker Jr., a 30-year-old resident of Palmetto, Ga. in Fulton County, entered the Big Bear Supermarket this past Monday when he was met with a warning to wear a face mask by the cashier. Tucker left the establishment and opened fire, striking the cashier and an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working as security as well.
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The woman was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds where she later died. Tucker and the deputy were also treated with non-life-threatening injuries at differing hospitals according to the report.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched a lengthy investigation into the matter and a press conference helmed by Dekalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox confirmed that the unnamed deputy, a retired Dekalb County police officer from its reserve unit, was wearing a bulletproof vest when the gunman struck him twice.
Sheriff Maddox also added that the argument between Tucker and the cashier was related to the gunman refusing to wear a mask. The GBI stated that Tucker never made a purchase inside the store but instead left and returned with his firearm.
“Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles offered in a news release. “Tucker then began shooting at a (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office) deputy who was attempting to intervene while working off-duty at the supermarket. The deputy and Tucker exchanged gunfire, and both were wounded during the shootout.”
The deputy managed to shoot Tucker several times, according to Maddox’s account.
A Fox 5 report shared the name of the slain cashier, 41-year-old Laquitta Willis.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Willis family, the injured sheriff’s deputy and everyone impacted by yesterday’s senseless incident,” read a statement from a DeKalb County Police Department spokesperson.
Photo: Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department/Fox 5 Atlanta
Gunman Shot & Killed Georgia Grocery Store Cashier Over Face Mask Policy was originally published on hiphopwired.com