A man in Georgia is accused of fatally shooting an employee at a tire shop he mistook for a car thief, according to police.
Quadarius McDowell, 30, faces a charge of murder in connection with the slaying of 24-year-old Daniel Gordon at Tires Plus in Decatur, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Dekalb County Police Department, McDowell brought his vehicle to the shop for servicing on Dec. 31.
When he spotted someone behind the wheel of the vehicle in the parking lot and believed it was getting stolen, police said he opened fire and shot at it several times.
The victim was struck and later died at a local hospital from his wounds.
Police said Gordon was a worker at Tires Plus and only trying to move the vehicle.
McDowell allegedly fled the shop following the incident, but officers took him into custody and arrested him a short time later, according to police.
He was booked into the DeKalb County jail on a murder charge.
“You can’t even feel safe at work. It’s just it’s sad,” a friend of Gordon told WSB-TV, noting the victim was excited about his job after starting at the tire shop over the summer. “It’s a sad day. You can’t even call this a wrong place at the wrong time type of situation because literally you’re at work.”
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