Atlanta police arrest man with 5 guns, body armor inside Publix grocery store at Atlantic Station

Police on Wednesday arrested a man who walked into an Atlanta grocery store with five guns, just days after a shooting at a Colorado supermarket left 10 people dead. 

The Atlanta Police Department responded to a call of an armed man at the Publix in Atlantic Station and spoke with a manager who said a man armed with a rifle was inside the store, police said in a statement. The man was openly carrying the rifle and went into the bathroom, a witness told police.  

“When the male exited the bathroom, arriving units immediately detained the male,” police said. 

APD arrested 22-year-old Rico Marley and charged him with reckless conduct. Police found five guns (two long guns and three pistols) and body armor in “the male’s possession,” during their investigation, police said. 

Marley underwent a mental health evaluation before he was taken to the Fulton County Jail, police said. 

Police also found a suspicious package in a parking deck, though it is unclear if the package is related to Marley or his arrest, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Interior shopping district streets at Atlantic Station and the parking deck were shut down “to ensure the safety of the community,” according to Atlantic Station’s Twitter account. 

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

In an email to USA TODAY, a Publix spokesperson said “the safety of our associates and customers is our priority.” The spokesperson added Publix is cooperating with police and said the store is closed.  

“We are thankful that there were no injuries, and all were able to exit the store safely,” the spokesperson said.

The incident comes just days after a gunman opened fire in a Boulder, Colorado, King Sooper’s, leaving 10 people dead. The Atlanta area faced tragedy last week when another man killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in a shooting rampage at three different spas. 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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