Investigators believe a 28-year-old man shot his former co-worker outside a Rockdale County Goodwill store, then drove nearly 500 miles away to West Virginia, where he was killed in a shootout with police.
Brandon Lamar Johnson, a DeKalb County resident, was shot to death by West Virginia State Police, the Rockdale Sheriff’s Office said late Tuesday afternoon. Johnson exited his vehicle after being pursued by West Virginia police and pointed a gun at troopers, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
Around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to a parking lot at the intersection of Ga. 20 and Oglesby Bridge Road near Conyers, the sheriff’s office said. Outside the Goodwill store, deputies found Pamela Yvonne Harmon, 57, dead from a gunshot wound.
Harmon of Covington had worked at the Goodwill store for 11 years, and had previously worked with Johnson, but no possible motive was released.
One man who called Harmon a friend brought flowers to a makeshift memorial Tuesday at the shopping center.
Tuesday’s fatal shooting happened about a quarter-mile from the Magnet Package store on Bell Road, where a man shot and killed a clerk and customer in May. Jeffrey Scott Pitts then shot and killed himself after he shot his parents in their Conyers-area home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.