Shooter on the Run: 19-Year-Old Walmart Employee Opens Fire, Killing One and Injuring Child

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. – A tragic incident unfolded at a Walmart in Fayetteville, prompting authorities to search for a 19-year-old suspect involved. The suspect, identified as Adrian Jelks, allegedly shot two individuals inside the store, leading to the death of 19-year-old Antavius Holton and injuring a nine-year-old girl. The child is currently in stable condition after being taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to Fayetteville police, the shooting occurred at 10 p.m. on Friday, with reports of shots fired at the Walmart on Pavillion Parkway. It was revealed that Jelks, who is an employee at the store, was the alleged shooter. The investigation suggests that the incident was isolated, with Jelks targeting a specific individual and inadvertently hitting the child as a bystander.

Jelks fled the scene in a vehicle immediately after the shooting, abandoning the vehicle shortly thereafter. Law enforcement officials have classified Jelks as armed and dangerous, urging anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact 911. In connection to the case, 19-year-old Sandra Romero-Nunez was arrested and charged with being an accessory to murder and aggravated assault, although her specific involvement in the shooting has not been disclosed.

In response to the tragic events, Walmart corporate officials expressed their condolences, stating, “We’re heartbroken by what happened in our Fayetteville store Friday night and extend our sympathies to the loved ones of those involved. We are working with law enforcement to assist them in any way we can as they investigate.” This incident has left the community in shock and raises concerns about safety and security at public places like retail stores.

The search for Jelks continues as authorities work diligently to apprehend him and bring justice to the victims and their families. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of swift action in addressing acts of violence in public spaces, emphasizing the need for proactive measures to ensure the safety of all individuals in the community. As details unfold and the investigation progresses, the community eagerly awaits updates on the case and hopes for a swift resolution to this tragic event.