Crosswalk dispute led to deadly shooting at Walmart, police say
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.