After the pistol-whipping outside a DeKalb County Kroger, the victim wasn’t shrinking away.
“That all you got,” Jeremiah Flemister, a young father, asked the attacker, identified by police as Dra James.
“I can shoot you,” James said.
Flemister took a bullet to the chest there in the parking lot of the Memorial Drive store on Aug. 7, according to warrants released this week, detailing his last moments.
The victim leaves behind a son, who, on Facebook, the father called the best boy he could wish for. “This is what God gave me,” Flemister wrote of the boy four days before death.
The argument likely started at the store near Columbia Drive over gang affiliation, the warrants say, though it isn’t clear if either man actually had gang ties. It began inside and spilled into the parking lot where several witnesses were on hand to see the dispute, which happened around 6 p.m.
Security cameras also captured the shooting, warrants say.
DeKalb deputies arrested James days later on a murder charge.
He remains in jail but has a bond hearing on Aug. 29, court records show.
In other news:
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.