Supermarket cashier killed following argument with customer over face mask

The location of the Big Bear Supermarket. Image obtained via Google Maps

Update: The victim has been identified as Laquitta Willis, 41. Here is our earlier story …

DeKalb County, GA — The DeKalb County Sherriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on June 14 reported that supermarket cashier working in greater Decatur was shot and killed following an argument about a face mask.

The shooting occurred at the Big Bear Supermarket.

“Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:10 p.m., a male customer entered a supermarket at 2849 Candler Road in Decatur,” a spokesperson for the GBI said. “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.”

He then allegedly began shooting at a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Deputy who was working off duty. Both exchanged gunfire and were wounded, the GBI reported.

“Two responding DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) officers arrested Tucker as he was attempting to crawl out the front door of the supermarket,” the GBI spokesperson said. “The cashier was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Tucker was also taken to Grady and is listed in stable condition.”

The Sheriff’s Office deputy is being treated at Atlanta Medical Center and is in stable condition. A second cashier was “grazed by a stray bullet” and was treated at the scene. GBI is investigating because the incident involved a sheriff’s deputy.

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