5 May 2023 | 10:05 a.m
Surveillance footage captured McDonald’s manager Amia Smith, 41, being blasted to death by mass shooting worker Kentavious White.
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Chilling security footage captured the moment a McDonald̵[ads1]7;s worker who went on a shooting spree blasted his manager to death in Georgia – after he had already gunned down his mother and grandmother.
The killing spree of Kentavious White, 26, ended shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday when he shot and killed himself at the fast food restaurant in Moultrie, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said.
Still-unreleased surveillance footage showed “White arriving at the restaurant” and “getting his manager, Amia Smith, to come to the door,” the state agency said.
“White shot Smith, killing her. White is then seen entering the restaurant where he takes his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the GBI said.
Sabrina Holweger, who works next to the McDonald’s, said Smith, 41, was the manager there early in the morning – and appeared to have been gunned down as he unlocked the door to let White start his shift.
Local police officers ran towards the carnage when they first received a call that a woman “had been shot but was still alive” in a nearby home. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died, the GBI said.
A third call said “an additional woman was found dead in another house next door.”
Colquitt County Coroner C. Verlyn Brock later identified the other woman killed as the mass shooter’s 50-year-old mother and 74-year-old grandmother. Their names were not immediately released.
All three women killed had been shot multiple times, the coroner said.
“I can’t for the life of me figure out what provoked him like that,” Brock said.
Jerry Goodwin, who lived next door to the gunman and his slain mother, said he and his wife heard shots fired just before 1 a.m. Thursday. Another neighbor told WALB News 10 she heard about six to seven shots fired just after midnight.
It was not immediately clear if either of them called Moultrie Police, who did not respond to a request for comment.
However, officers had been called a week earlier when White got outside the gun and fired a shot while yelling something, Goodwin said. It was not clear what was taken.
Despite this, Goodwin said of White, “I had never seen him hurt anybody or try to hurt anybody before this.”
Tanner Strickland said he knew White’s slain mother and grandmother.
“Both of them were two of the most wonderful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around,” Strickland told WALB. “They both light up any room they walk into. Both truly have hearts of gold.”
The Moultrie McDonald’s will remain closed until further notice, owner and operator George Suarez said.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved restaurant manager and our hearts go out to all the victims of this senseless act of violence,” Suarez said.
The latest mass shooting in Georgia came a day after a gunman in Atlanta killed one person and wounded four others at a medical office.
Chas Cannon, Colquitt County’s government administrator, said that “homicide is pretty rare in our neck of the woods.”
“It is surprising. But this day and time our jail is at capacity, our local jail is at capacity. There are many who break the law, unfortunately, he said.
With Post wires