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Employee Shot, Killed at Tires Plus Store

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An employee at a Tires Plus store in Dekalb. Ga., was shot and killed during the workday last week when a customer mistakenly thought the employee was stealing his vehicle.

According to the Dekalb County Police, Quadarius McDowell, the customer and owner of the vehicle, brought his car to Tire Plus on Dec. 31 to have maintenance done. 

Daniel Gordon, a 24-year-old employee, started driving McDowell's car to the parking lot of the Tires Plus store to start working on the vehicle when McDowell fired multiple shots at the vehicle with a handgun – mistaking Gordon for a thief trying to steal his car. 

Gordon was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our employees, Daniel Gordon,” Bridgestone Americas Inc. officials said in a statement. (Tires Plus is owned by Bridgestone.)

"Our most heartfelt sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues during this most difficult time. Daniel was a valued member of our organization who had been with us for eight months. He will be deeply missed."

McDowell has been charged with murder and is being held in Dekalb County jail.

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