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1 dead, 2 wounded after shootout erupts over masking rules in Georgia store

A store clerk was fatally shot and a suspected assailant and a police officer injured after a dispute over a face mask requirement escalated into a firefight inside a store in Georgia.

After getting into an argument with a cashier at a Decatur, Georgia supermarket on Monday afternoon, 30-year-old Victor Lee Tucker allegedly opened fire, killing the employee and sparking a gun battle inside the store, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

“Tucker left the store without making his purchase, but immediately returned inside,” the bureau said, adding that he “walked directly back to the cashier, pulled out a handgun and shot her.”

Tucker then began shooting at a [DeKalb County Sheriff’s] deputy who was attempting to intervene while working off-duty at the supermarket. The deputy and Tucker exchanged gunfire…