DeKalb County

Subway customer charged with murder after man killed by employee

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a customer has been charged with murder after a deadly shooting at a Subway restaurant that also involved an employee in Lithonia Monday night.

DeKalb County police tell Channel 2 Action News officers responded to the Subway in the 3000 block of Panola Road in Lithonia around 9:30 p.m.

Officers found two customers shot and one dead.

Channel 2's Audrey Washington learned that a fight broke out between a customer, Jeremiah Furlow, possibly another customer and the employee, neither of which has been identified.

Police said the argument continued outside in the parking lot and Furlow pointed a weapon at the employee and threatened to him. Police said the employee fired shots, wounding Furlow and killing the other customer.

Investigators said the argument started when Furlow asked for a cup of water without buying anything first.

A number of Subway customers watched the shooting happen.

The victim died at the scene. Paramedics rushed Furlow to the hospital.

It's unclear if the victim and Furlow knew each other.


Furlow has since been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault because police say his actions led to the death of the victim.

The employee was detained and taken for questioning but will not be charged, police said.

Channel 2's Audrey Washington talked to a nearby business owner who ran to the bathroom to take cover.

The manager of the J Burger N' Wings asked that we not show her face, but said she first heard arguing before she heard gunfire.

"I just hear the two guys, and then boom and then a boom," she said.

The manager said she knows the Subway employee and feels he did whatever he could to protect himself.

Police said the danger is over.

"This was an isolated incident, and all parties involved are accounted for," police said.

The restaurant remains closed.

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