Rico Marley, 22, in court after taking SIX guns including AR-15 into Atlanta store sparking fears of a Boulder copycat


A MAN has appeared in court after taking six guns including an AR-15 into an Atlanta store, prompting fears of a Boulder copycat.

Rico Marley, 22, was arrested on Wednesday after walking into a Publix supermarket carrying weapons and wearing body armor.

Rico Marley,22, was arrested after entering a supermarket carrying weapons

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Rico Marley,22, was arrested after entering a supermarket carrying weaponsCredit: AP
The suspect appeared in court after taking six guns including AR-15 into the store

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The suspect appeared in court after taking six guns including AR-15 into the storeCredit: AFP

According to ABC News he was charged with five counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony and six counts of possession of a firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.

Marley sparked copycat fears as the shooting was similar to the one in Boulder, Colorado this week allegedly perpetrated by Alissa Ahmad, which left 10 people dead.

The Publix manager called the police after seeing Marley entering the bathroom with a rifle.

Charles Russell told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB that he immediately notified workers.

“I saw an AR-15 and I was like … you know, this kind of startled me, again with the events that just recently happened in the grocery store up in Colorado,” Russell said.

The store's manager who spotted Marley entering the bathroom with a rifle, called the police

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The store’s manager who spotted Marley entering the bathroom with a rifle, called the police
Marley sparked copycat fears after the shooting in Boulder

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Marley sparked copycat fears after the shooting in BoulderCredit: Colorado Police
He was arrested as he exited the restroom

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He was arrested as he exited the restroom

“I went to the clerk at the customer service desk working at the time and let them know. It wasn’t acted upon right away.

“It was actually taken a little more lightly than I thought it would be, especially with the recent events.”

Marley was arrested as he exited the restroom and according to Newsweek, he was interviewed by a police and underwent a mental health evaluation.

He is facing 11 charges following the incident.

Meanwhile, the alleged Boulder shooter, Alissa, 21, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder after rampaging through King Soopers with an AR-15-style rifle on March 22.

The suspected shooter appeared in a wheelchair in court and has been held without bail as his “mental illness” is being probed.

Alissa Ahmad, 21, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder

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Alissa Ahmad, 21, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murderCredit: Boulder Police Dept
The suspected shooter has appeared in a wheelchair in court and has been held without bail

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The suspected shooter has appeared in a wheelchair in court and has been held without bailCredit: AP

His court appearance comes just hours after it was revealed that he once threatened to “kill everybody” after claiming he had been branded a “terrorist” by a classmate in high school, according to police documents.

Earlier last week, Robert Aaron Long 21, was charged with eight counts of murder after he allegedly killed eight people in three spas, including killing six Asian Americans.

Investigators have said Long may have had a potential “sexual addiction” issues.

Boulder ‘shooter’ Ahmad Alissa in wheelchair at court and is held without bail for ‘killing 10’ as mental illness probed





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