Man charged after alleged shootout with Riverdale florist delivery driver

Justin Daniels

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Justin Daniels

A Clayton County man was arrested Thursday afternoon following an alleged shootout with a delivery driver at a popular Riverdale florist, police said.

Justin Daniels, 25, was taken into custody after shooting at an employee of Riverdale’s Floral Boutique off Ga. 85 in the Riverdale Plaza, Riverdale police Capt. Nicole Rabel said.

Investigators said the employee was approached by Daniels behind the store and shot at just before 11:45 a.m.

Police said no one was injured by gunfire, but the employee suffered minor injuries when he fell trying to get inside the back door of the shop.

The delivery driver reportedly ran into the shop, grabbed his own gun and returned fire when Daniels came around to the front of the store, police said.

“It was very scary,” employee David Sorrows told Channel 2 Action News. “There were six employees in the shop and he kept shooting at different places.”

The gunfire shattered one of the store’s front windows.

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Employees clean up a broken shop window at a popular Riverdale florist after a shooting Thursday.

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Employees clean up a broken shop window at a popular Riverdale florist after a shooting Thursday.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Employees clean up a broken shop window at a popular Riverdale florist after a shooting Thursday.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

The part of the shopping center near Upper Riverdale and Springdale roads where the shooting occurred was closed as police investigated.

Daniels is charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was denied bond at his first appearance hearing Friday and remains in the Clayton County jail, records show.

Investigators believe the delivery driver acted in self-defense and do not expect to file charges against him, Rabel said.

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