A cashier was killed and three others injured following a dispute over face masks at a supermarket in Georgia, authorities said.
The shooting took place Monday afternoon at the Big Bear supermarket in Decatur, a suburb east of Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a statement.
Authorities said a man identified as Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, had argued with a cashier over his face mask. He left the store without making a purchase, but then returned immediately, pulled out a handgun and shot the woman, the statement said.
He then exchanged gunshots with an off-duty DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy who attempted to intervene, investigators said. Both were injured.
A second cashier was hit by a bullet and treated on the spot for her injury.
Police arrested Tucker as he tried to crawl through the front door of the supermarket, the GBI said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and is believed to be in stable condition.
The cashier was pronounced dead in the same hospital. His name has not been released.
The deputy sheriff was treated at the Atlanta Medical Center. He was shot twice but was wearing a bulletproof vest, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox told a news conference, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Maddox identified the MP only as a 30-year law enforcement veteran.
The GBI said it will conduct an independent investigation which will be handed over to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Charges for Tucker are pending, he said.
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