The man who walked into an Atlanta grocery store armed with six guns and body armor was thwarted by a fast-acting Instacart shopper who overheard “clicking sounds” in the restroom, authorities said — as they released a chilling photo showing the arsenal of loaded weapons.
The worker, Charles Russell, is getting credit for stopping Rico Marley, 22, from walking through the Publix grocery store with pistols, a fully loaded revolver, an AR-15 style rifle and a shotgun, according to police reports released Thursday by Atlanta police.
Russell was in the bathroom Wednesday when he heard the “clicking sounds,” which sounded like someone was loading weapons, and then saw an “AR-15 style rifle” leaning against the wall, the worker told police.
The paid shopper told a manager what he heard and urged him to call 911, the police report states.
When an officer arrived at the grocery store, he apparently surprised Marley right after he came out of the restroom, the records show.
“I immediately ordered the accused to put his hands up and don’t move to which he complied,” the officer, armed with a ballistic helmet and a rifle, wrote in the report.
“The accused appeared to be surprised when he saw us that close to him.”
Marley, who was wearing body armor, was arrested without incident, police said.
While Marley’s intentions remain unclear, the incident poses frightening questions of what could’ve happened had he not been stopped.
It came just days after back-to-back mass shootings in Atlanta and Colorado — the latter taking place in a Boulder grocery store, leaving ten people dead.
“It possibly could have stopped something,” Russell told WSB-TV, adding when he saw Marley in the bathroom, he instantly thought of the Boulder King Soopers shooting.
Marley is charged with five counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony and six counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
He waived his initial court hearing Thursday and is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
With Post Wires