South Fulton County

17-year-old Taco Bell employee who shot 2 teens claims he fired in self defense

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — A Taco Bell employee accused of shooting two teens while he was at work says he shot in self-defense.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones was in South Fulton County, where the shooting happened last month at a Taco Bell on Camp Fulton Way.

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The employee, 17-year-old Marquis Jordan, is now facing numerous charges, including eight counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Jones spoke to Jordan, who said he feared for his life that night. He also talked to one of the victims, 17-year-old Juashawn Davis, who was shot six times. Davis says a late-night food run shouldn’t have ended with him fighting for his life.

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The shooting happened in the early morning hours of May 19. Davis, who was 16 at the time, said he and his friends drove up to the Taco Bell to get some to-go food. He said Jordan came out and opened fire on them.

“Dude was looking in our direction, and he just started pulling out a gun,” Davis said. “And I didn’t hear no words. My friends didn’t say anything.”

Davis said the bullets luckily missed his heart.

“I’m just happy I’m alive,” Davis told Jones.

Jordan claims that another customer threatened him, so he went inside the store to get a Draco or mini-Draco gun. Jordan told Jones that a car drove up, the people inside said some words and then one got out of the car.

“Guns were drawn and shots were fired,” Jordan said.

Jones asked Jordan why he had a gun at work, but Jordan wouldn’t answer. He claims the shooting was in self-defense.

“I ain’t in the wrong,” Jordan said.

Davis has hired attorney Jackie Patterson, who wants to know if Jordan has a violent criminal history and shouldn’t have been hired by Taco Bell.

“We do know that Taco Bell has a duty to make sure customers are safe, and that didn’t happen in this case,” Patterson said.

Jordan still can’t believe he nearly lost his life.

“It didn’t seem real,” Jordan said. “It just felt like a dream.”