Customer kills cashier, starts shootout after being asked to pull up mask

A supermarket cashier in Georgia was shot and killed by a customer after getting into an argument concerning the man’s face mask.

The victim, Laquitta Willis, 41, worked at Big Bear Supermarket located in DeKalb County, GA. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, “Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:10 p.m., a male customer entered a supermarket at 2849 Candler Road in Decatur. While checking out, the customer, identified as Victor Lee Tucker, Jr., 30, of Palmetto, GA, got into an argument with a cashier about his face mask. Tucker left the store without making his purchase, but immediately returned inside. Tucker walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her.”

Before being arrested, Lee injured another cashier at the store. Then, he exchanged gunfire with an off-duty police officer working as a security guard. The security guard, Danny Jordan, is expected to survive.
According to DeKalb County jail records, Tucker was previously arrested eight times and ordered to take anger management classes.

He is now being charged with malice murder for the death of Willis, aggravated assault with intent to murder the second cashier, and aggravated assault against Officer Jordan. The incident took place just six miles from downtown Atlanta, which has been experiencing a surge in crime. The rate has been compared to that of Chicago which has also experienced an uptick.

Alive11 compared the cities’ police records by adjusting for population, “The likelihood of being murdered in both cities is the same, 6 per 100,000 people. In Atlanta, you’re more likely to be a victim of aggravated assault {124 per 100,000} than in Chicago {21 per 100,000.} The same is true for shootings. The shooting rate is 34 per 100,000 in Atlanta and 24 per 100,000 in Chicago.”


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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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