Cross­walk dis­pute led to deadly shoot­ing at Wal­mart, po­lice say

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - COUNTY BY COUNTY - By Raisa Haber­sham

Court tes­ti­mony Wed­nes­day re­vealed what led to a deadly shoot­ing out­side a crowded Gwin­nett County Wal­mart.

Fadil Del­kic, 49, of Lawrenceville was fa­tally shot about 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the park­ing lot of the Wal­mart on Scenic High­way in Snell- ville. Troy Den­nis Hunte, 27, of Grayson was charged with felony mur­der and other of­fenses in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

In court, Snellville po­lice Lt. J.M. McK­in­ney tes­ti­fied Del­kic’s car was in a cross- walk as Hunte’s girl­friend, Pa­tri­cia Austin, was at­tempt- ing to cross. She was push­ing a baby in a stroller at the time.

“She was ap­par­ently an­gry at him for be­ing in the cross- walk,” McK­in­ney said.

McK­in­ney tes­ti­fied Del­kic didn’t un­der­stand what the prob­lem was, got out of his car and ap­proached Austin.

Austin slapped Del­kic in the face, and Hunte shot him in the chest, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on the store’s sur­veil­lance sys­tem.

Del­kic, a Bos­nian refugee who sur­vived prison dur­ing the Bos­nian War in the 1990s, was pro­nounced dead at Gwin­nett Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Hunte’s at­tor­ney said Del- kic got out of his car to fight, not to gain a bet­ter un­der- stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion. Hunte, the at­tor­ney said in court, was just pro­tect­ing his girl­friend.

How­ever, a judge found prob­a­ble cause to move the case against Hunte for­ward, ac­cord­ing to Chan­nel 2 Ac­tion News.

Po­lice ini­tially charged him with vol­un­tary man- slaugh­ter, claim­ing he was pro­voked.

That was up­graded to mur­der af­ter a re­view of store sur­veil­lance footage, Gwin- nett County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Danny Porter said in an in­ter­view with Chan­nel 2. Hunte also faces charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault and pos- ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing a felony.

“You can see in the video she ap­proaches the vehi- cle, he steps out of the car and pretty quickly she hits him ... and then within sec- onds the vic­tim is shot,” Porter said. “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.”

Porter said Austin could face charges, too.

Do­na­tions to a GoFundMe fundrais­ing page set up for Del­kic’s fam­ily have ex­ceeded the ini­tial $10,000 goal. More than $39,000 had been raised as of Thurs­day morn­ing.

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