Witness alerted Atlanta store manager to armed man

Atlanta police said they detained a man with five guns and body armor at the Publix at Atlantic Station Wednesday

Police arrested a suspect wearing body armor and carrying five guns inside a Publix store in Atlanta on March 24.

Russell told WSB-TV that Marley did not try to hide the rifle he had carried inside the Atlanta grocery store on Wednesday. However, there's no report of him pointing the weapons or using the weapons at all before police arrived.

The 22-year-old taken for a mental health evaluation, though police did not disclose any findings related to the man's state of mind.

Georgia permits concealed carry, but guns are prohibited in Publix stores.

Officers responded to Publix Supermarket at 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW around 1:34 p.m.in reference to a "person armed".

Rico Marley, 22, has been arrested and charged with reckless conduct after he had been detained earlier in the day, cops said.

The incident caused the Publix to close, although the Journal-Constitution reported that nearby businesses remain open.

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"I saw an AR-15, and I was like. you know, this kind of startled me, again, with the events that just recently happened in the grocery store up in Colorado", Russell said.

The firearms, body armor and property recovered during the investigation will be placed into APD evidence. "The weapon was leaned up in the stall of the bathroom, and it was not in a case".

On Thursday, however, WAGA-TV reporter Emilie Ikeda revealed that authorities upgraded Marley's charges to include possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempted to commit certain felonies, criminal attempt to commit a felony, and more. Police then converged on the store and arrested the man without a shot being fired.

Atlantic Drive, a main street running in front of the store, was closed to traffic. Police also said that a "suspicious package" was found at the same grocery store and is being investigated.

"We are closely monitoring the situation alongside APD, and we will reopen as soon as possible", an Atlantic Station spokesperson tweeted on Wednesday evening.

The incident comes just after a week of a series of shootings in Atlanta by Robert Aaron Long, who targeted three Asian massage parlors.

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