Fadil Delkic, 49, was fatally shot about 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart on Scenic Highway in Snellville, according to Channel 2 Action News. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
A Walmart spokesman said its stores are safe and took issue with the claims made in the lawsuit.
“This appears to have been an unfortunate dispute between two individuals that we had no knowledge of and no way of knowing their argument was going to escalate into violence,” Randy Hargrove told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The safety and security of our customers and associates is always a top priority. We take this seriously and plan to defend the company against the litigation.”
According to information released by Snellville police and the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, the Delkics first encountered Hunte, 27, and his girlfriend when they visited the store on a Sunday afternoon. The girlfriend, whose name has not been released, took issue with Fadil Delkic pulling his car too close to them in a crosswalk.
Delkic drove away from that initial confrontation and parked his car, District Attorney Danny Porter has said. Hunte and his girlfriend, though, approached again, and Hunte’s girlfriend reportedly slapped Delkic in the face.
Hunte then shot Delkic in the chest, officials said.
“You can see in the video [Hunte’s girlfriend] approaches the vehicle, [Delkic] steps out of the car and pretty quickly she hits him … and then within seconds the victim is shot,” Porter said last month. “You can see in the video [Hunte] was on the phone and actually reached into his pocket, pulled the gun out and shot the victim.”
Delkic, 49, was a Bosnian refugee who survived prison during the Bosnian War in the 1990s.
The lawsuit filed by Lawrenceville attorney Robert Giannini on behalf of Delkic’s widow asks for a jury trail and for compensation “for the full value of the life Fadil Delkic in an amount to be determined by the evidence.”