Just days after an armed man walked into a Colorado grocery store then, shot and killed 10 people, another possible "would be" shooter has been arrested in Georgia.
Reports say that the man walked into a Publix grocery store in Atlanta armed to the teeth with weapons and ammunition and wearing body armor.
Investigators say the man, identified as Rico Marley, 22, walked into the store just after 1:30 p.m. holding a rifle. He then went into the bathroom.
“It possibly could have stopped something,” said Charles Russell, who saw the armed man inside of a Publix bathroom and alerted employees and police.
“I saw an AR-15. And I was like, you know, this kind of startled me just again with events that recently happened in the grocery store up in Colorado,” Russell said.
While the police were investigating this incident the bomb squad showed up to investigate a "suspicious package" just a few feet away. Atlantic Station partially shut down its shopping district streets and the parking deck until it was clear.
Publix released a statement, saying, in part:
“At Publix, the safety of our associates and customers is our priority. We are cooperating with local law enforcement on an incident that occurred earlier today in our Atlantic Station store. We are thankful that there were no injuries, and all were able to exit the store safely.”
This isn't Marley's first run in with the police. He had a case in DeKalb County three years ago for a simple assault charge that was dismissed on a technicality.
Marley was taken to an area hospital for a psyche evaluation before being transported to the Fulton County Jail. He is facing charges of: 6 counts of Possession of Firearm or Knife During a Commission of or Attempt to Commit Certain Felonies and 5 counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony.
Marley does have a license to carry and he had it with him Wednesday. The police have not said what Marley's intentions but they have said that they don't know about his state of mind. In their opinion, they feel they stopped what could have been another mass shooting.
Open carrying is one thing but, being armed for war on a grocery run is ridiculous!