An Atlanta grocery store employee was shot and killed Monday after being involved in a mask dispute with a customer, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Preliminary information offer The customer had gotten into an argument with the treasurer about his face mask, left the store without buying anything and came back and told the treasurer s GBI.
Treasurer Grady Memorial Hospital was pronounced dead, the GBI said.
The customer also shot the store’s security guard, a reserve deputy with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, GBI said. Another treasurer was also injured, it said.
At a news conference, Melody Maddox of DeKalb County Sheriff said the officer was in stable condition and was being treated at Atlanta Medical Center. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, he said.
The shooter, who was arrested at the store, was in stable condition and was being treated at another Atlanta hospital, the GBI said.
Maddox said he doesn’t know the store’s mask policy but it will be up to the store to decide whether the mask will be made mandatory.
Maddox said he was subject to face masks to understand, “very sensitive at this time.”
“We just want to make sure everyone is safe,” he said.
Critics say the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mask guidelines have made it even more difficult for retail workers, as those who work to enforce “mask police” rules.
Many workers face aggressive customers who disagree with the mask policy.