DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police have identified the cashier who was killed after investigators say she asked a customer to wear a mask inside the store.
Laquitta Willis, 41, was shot at the Big Bear supermarket along Candler Road, across the street from South DeKalb Mall. She died from her injuries. An off-duty deputy was also injured in the shooting.
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Police arrested the suspect Victor Lee Tucker, Jr., who faces charges of murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He remains in a local hospital and is expected to survive, according to police.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Willis family, the injured sheriff’s deputy and everyone impacted by yesterday’s senseless incident,” DeKalb County police said in a statement.
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Investigators told Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes, that the incident started when a man, identified as Tucker, walked into the store and refused to put on a mask.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the cashier told the 30-year-old to put on a mask and that’s when the chaos unfolded.
The GBI said two DeKalb County police officers arrested Tucker as he was attempting to crawl out the front door of the store.
Fernandes spoke with owner of Big Bear, who did not give his name. He said he hired an off-duty deputy to help enforce the mask policy at the store.
Another cashier was also grazed by a bullet. She was treated at the scene.
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