The suspected gunman who killed a man who reportedly joked about voting for Donald Trump was charged with murder, cops in Atlanta said Thursday.
Atlanta police Major Adam Lee III said the suspect — a Hispanic man in his 20s — turned himself in to police with an attorney late Wednesday. He was also booked for aggravated assault for the deadly Saturday encounter.
Lee declined to identify the man, but investigators believe he is the same man seen in a surveillance video released by police showing several people outside of Church Bar on Edgewood Avenue, where Shaunita Walker, 25, and Mitchell Mormon Jr., 32, were shot after an argument with another man who pulled a gun.
Walker told WSB-TV that the alleged gunman uttered something disrespectful to her, angering Mormon — who confronted the man while the couple were on their first date together. Walker said Mormon jokingly told the man he had voted for the president-elect; the man disappeared, returned with a gun and opened fire on the couple.Lee declined to identify the man, but investigators believe he is the same man seen in a surveillance video released by police showing several people outside of Church Bar on Edgewood Avenue, where Shaunita Walker, 25, and Mitchell Mormon Jr., 32, were shot after an argument with another man who pulled a gun.
Both Walker and Mormon were taken to Grady Hospital, where Mormon later died.
But Lee told reporters on Thursday that politics was “not the nature of the dispute” between the two men.
“That did come up, however, we are certain that that is not the nature of the dispute,” Lee said during a press conference. “The dispute appears to have involved the decedent and his female companion and had nothing to do with any political discussions.”
Asked specifically how politics came up during the argument, Lee replied: “It may have come up at some point as something that was said derogatory toward the Hispanic male who turned himself in. But like I said, it was not the point of the argument that started initially.”
Walker told WSB-TV she didn’t think that Mormon’s comment pertaining to Trump played a role in the shooting, claiming that the gunman was determined to cause trouble from the beginning of the dispute.
Lee declined to identify the suspect because investigators have received information that he may be involved in other crimes.
“It would hamper our ability to show his picture in a lineup going forward,” Lee said, adding that the suspect did not implicate himself in Mormon’s death.
Investigators did not question the man, who turned himself in as a person of interest in the investigation. He did acknowledge being at the bar and investigators “strongly believe” he was the man spotted in the video based on witness reports, Lee said.
Mormon, a father of three, had just started a new job with the federal government earlier this month, the mother of two of his children told The Post.
“He had finally gotten a great job that was able to support his children,” Woods said. “He was really happy about it. This was the first job where he didn’t have to work weekends, or on holidays, and with benefits. He was really happy.”
Woods is now unsure how she will support the couple’s two children, Bayleigh, 4, and Carter, who was born in August. Mormon also had a 9-year-old son, Myles, with another woman, she said.
Mormon’s funeral will be held Saturday, Woods said.
This is absolutely outrageous. You should be able to go wherever you want to go and be able to say what you want to say. But in this day and age you have to be extremely careful. Especially when it comes to Donald Trump and this election. I think that the comment about him voting for Trump was actually an attack on the guys ethnicity. Ouch. Yeah he probably shouldn’t have said that. Lol
Even if the guy is being a dick, get you and your girl outta there. People are still on edge after this outcome. I ain’t tryna piss nobody off. It aint worth dying over.