“It’s a sad story…The customers are going to miss him,” manager Gerald Hooks told Channel 2.
Police said there were four people, including Washington’s wife, inside the car at the time. They had just picked her up from her job a little before 3 a.m.
Martin was sitting behind Washington, playing with a gun, when he fired a shot through the seat, police said. Washington was hit in the upper body, Channel 2 reported.
“Based on his interview, as well as the interviews of the other people in the car, and as well as evidence in the vehicle, they were able to determine that this was accidental,”DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told the news station. “This was not an intentional shooting.”
Martin was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Washington was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, police said. According to Channel 2, his wife, who was in the front passenger seat, was also taken to a hospital after she had a panic attack.
Two right lanes were closed near the I-20 interchange for several hours early Thursday and reopened about 5:15 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.