DeKalb County

‘It’s a sad day’: Tire shop employee killed by customer who thought car was being stolen, police say

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — One person is dead and another currently behind bars after a shooting at a tire shop Saturday afternoon.

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DeKalb County Police responded to a person shot call at the Tires Plus at 577 DeKalb Industrial Way just before 1:30 p.m.

Once officers arrived, they found Daniel Gordon, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds. Gordon was an employee of Tires Plus.

According to DeKalb detectives, the suspect, identified as Quadarius McDowell, 30, had taken his car to the tire shop for service.


Authorities say, at some point, Gordon started to drive McDowell’s car in the business parking lot.

McDowell reportedly thought Gordon was trying to steal his car and fired multiple shots, shooting the victim.

He then ran away on foot, but officers were able to find and arrest him.

“You can’t even feel safe at work. It’s just it’s sad,” a friend of Gordon told Channel 2 Action News.

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Gordon was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

“It’s a sad day. You can’t even call this a wrong place at the wrong time type of situation because literally you’re at work,” he said.

McDowell is charged with murder and is currently behind bars at the DeKalb County jail.

The friend of Gordon told Channel 2 Action News that Gordon had started working at Tires Plus this past summer and that he was excited about the job.


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