Clayton County

Auto store employee shoots customer multiple times in the store, killing him, family members say

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A customer was shot to death by an employee at a Clayton County auto parts store Thursday, according to the victim’s mother.

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The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

A Channel 2 Action News photographer was at the scene Thursday after the victim was rushed to the hospital. The store’s windows had been shattered by bullets.

Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston talked to family members of the victim, who identified him as 25-year-old Willie Heath III.


Health’s mother, Angelic Heath, said her son went to the store to get coolant for his car. He never made it home.

“My child’s last words to me, he told me, ‘God got me,’” Angelic Heath said.

Heath said that she talked to people at the store, who said that an employee from another location came to the store to bring some batteries.

“He bumped my child, and never said, ‘Excuse me,’” Heath said.

Her son and the employee started to argue, and the employee pulled out a gun, according to Heath.

She said her son ran outside and the employee shot through the window.

Heath’s father, Willie Heath Jr., said that the employee then went outside and shot his son several more times.

“We need them to be held accountable for their employees, who took my son’s life,” Willie Heath Jr. said.

Rahem Titre, 26, was arrested and initially charged with aggravated assault.

Angelic Heath said she wants to know why Titre was carrying a gun on the job in the first place.

“The security officer told me, ‘That’s why they hired me. I’m here with a gun. No employee should have a gun,’” she said.

Huddleston tried to talk to employees at the store Friday, but was told to call the corporate office.

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