A “Karen” situation turned deadly in a Big Bear supermarket in DeKalb County, Georgia, when a tense argument over masks led to a shooting.
“Karen” is typically a slang term for an angry, entitled woman who has to make a scene about even the smallest inconvenience, but in this case it can apply to a man too. Victor Lee Tucker Jr., 30, was asked by a cashier in a Big Bear supermarket to put on a mask in the store. Instead of realizing that this poor cashier has no control over the rules in the store, and is just following company policy because her job likely depends on it, he decided to argue with her.
According to reporting by WXIA, the incident occurred at approximately 1:10 p.m. on June 14 in the Big Bear supermarket across from the South DeKalb Mall. When Tucker was asked by the cashier to wear a mask, he started an argument, then left the store without purchasing anything.
Everyone thought this was the end of it, but Tucker returned to the store soon after, this time with a gun. Alan Williams, a witness who was in the checkout line during the incident, said that Tucker struck the cashier with his gun, and then shot her.
DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox confirmed the witness account, stating: “There was some confrontation, argument – I’m not sure exactly what – in reference to the wearing of masks, at which time the subject pulled out a weapon and shot the cashier.”
A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit Deputy, who was also a 30-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was working a part-time security job at the supermarket when the shooting occurred. According to Sheriff Maddox, the deputy drew his weapon and attempted to intervene, but was shot by Tucker.
Wounded, the deputy opened fire on the shooter, putting an end to the gunfight. When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, Tucker was attempting to crawl out of the store.
Both Tucker and the wounded cashier were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the cashier was pronounced dead. Her name has not yet been released to the public.
The deputy, who sustained two gunshot wounds, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center. Luckily, he had been wearing a bulletproof vest, and is currently in stable condition.
This hero’s name has not yet been released to the public, but Sheriff Maddox praised his bravery and said his quick response saved others from being shot. “That is what he is trained to do,” the sheriff said.
The shooter is in stable condition at the hospital.
The incident is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the DeKalb County Police Department.