A person was arrested Wednesday after entering a Publix grocery store in Atlanta carrying six loaded firearms and sporting body armor, police stated. The man, who Atlanta police have recognized as 22-year-old Rico Marley, was charged Thursday with 5 counts of legal try and commit a felony and six counts of possession of a firearm throughout fee of or try and commit sure felonies. 

Police didn’t present particular proof that Marley deliberate to hold out a taking pictures on the retailer that day. But the incident occurred within the wake of two mass shootings which have shaken the nation and prompted widespread requires gun reform: the taking pictures at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 folks, and a sequence of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas that killed eight.

On Thursday, police launched a photograph of the weapons Marley was allegedly carrying when he was arrested. 

Police stated they discovered these guns on the particular person of the person who was armed inside an Atlanta Publix on March 24: a Taurus G3C 9x19mm pistol, a Mossberg MC2C 9x19mm, a Glock 43 9x19mm, a Taurus 856 .38 particular revolver, a DPMS AR-15 fashion rifle, and a Maverick Arms Modell 88 12 gauge shotgun.

Atlanta Police Department


Atlanta police stated Wednesday {that a} preliminary investigation revealed that Marley entered the shop Wednesday afternoon overtly carrying a rifle and entered a toilet. A witness seen him and alerted a retailer supervisor, who then known as police. Police stated they responded to the incident shortly after 1:30 p.m. and “immediately detained” Marley when he exited the toilet. Emergency medical responders additionally arrived on the scene to conduct a psychological well being analysis. 

Marley was carrying an AR-15 fashion rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun in a bag, and 4 handguns below his clothes, in accordance with an incident report launched Thursday by Atlanta police. All six of the firearms have been loaded, and Marley was sporting body armor and had a ski masks when he was detained, the report stated. Police didn’t report any accidents or any photographs fired. 

The particular person who reported Marley to the Publix supervisor informed police that “he heard clicking sounds from the bathroom stall” within the retailer and that “it sounded to him like someone was loading firearms,” in accordance with the incident report. He additionally claimed to see an AR-15 fashion rifle “leaned against the wall.” 

Publix stated in an announcement that its Atlantic Station location is cooperating with legislation enforcement on the investigation. 

“We are thankful that there were no injuries, and all were able to exit the store safely,” Publix stated. “The store is currently closed. Additional questions should be directed to the Atlanta Police Department.”

Later Wednesday, Atlantic Station — the upscale business space the place the Publix is positioned — stated it was shutting down whereas authorities investigated a suspicious package deal discovered onsite. It will not be clear if the package deal is linked to the sooner incident. 

“We are closely monitoring the situation alongside APD, and we will reopen as soon as possible,” an Atlantic Station spokesperson tweeted on Wednesday night. “The safety of the Atlantic Station community is of utmost importance.” 

Firearm licenses in Georgia enable folks to “legally carry a concealed firearm” within the state, in accordance with the state’s web site. It will not be clear if Marley had a license — however in 2019, Publix joined a rising listing of shops that requested prospects to not carry weapons inside their shops even when it was legally permitted within the state.