Man fixing tire at gas station killed on Thanksgiving morning

By: Steve Gehlbach , Lauren Pozen

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police say a deadly shooting started when a man tried to fix a flat tire on Thanksgiving morning. 

Officers told Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen that the victim, Andricus Harris, 32, went to the Chevron gas station on Bouldercrest Road just off I-285 with his brother to fix the flat tire.

Andricus Harris
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At the air pump, police say a man came up to them.

“An argument came up. They didn’t know what the argument was about,” Harris’ father, Freddie Harris, said.

Andricus Harris then went inside the gas station. Investigators say the man followed and opened fire, shooting Andricus Harris multiple times. 

“We don't know why. The victim was pumping air into the tire. We don't know why the suspect approached him,” Lt. Lonzy Robertson with the DeKalb County Police Department said.

His brother tried to do CPR, but it was too late. Harris died at the scene.

“I love my son. I miss my son. I didn’t think I would wake up this morning and not see him,” Freddie Harris said. “We thought we would be seeing him on Thanksgiving. Turns out we’re not.”


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Andricus Harris’ family says he had a little girl and he loved the Falcons.

“It is just so senseless to me. Senseless. I don’t understand why,” Harris’ aunt, Carolyn Young, said.

The shooter took off. Detectives were able to look at surveillance video that captured images of the gunman. 

Man fixing tire at gas station shot on Thanksgiving morning.
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They say he is 5’11’’ and has a beard. Officers say he was wearing a white Adidas shirt and Red and White Adidas pants.
                
Investigators also told Gehlbach the man ran out of the gas station and jumped into a black vehicle.

They’re working to get pictures or video of the gunman and the car he got away in. 

The Harris family said they’re leaning on their faith to get them through this difficult time. 

"Please no more killings. It is not going to do anybody any good to hurt anybody else’s child. It is time for our children to stop killing each other,” Harris’ aunt, Mae Cade, said.

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