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UPDATE: Pitts death ruled suicide, dash-cam footage released
Shooter described as having 'mental disorders'

Warning: Disturbing footage - Dash Cam: To watch the dash-cam footage click here.

Warning: Disturbing footage - Security Camera: Partial security camera footage of the shooting rampage at Magnet Bottle Shop, click here

'Senseless': Magnet community left with more questions than answers (June 3, 2015) - More background on shooter Jeffrey Pitts as well as shop owner Mun "Moon" Cha and customer Jimquez Aiken

Funeral services for Jimquez Aikens will be Friday, June 5, noon, and the viewing will be Thursday, June 4, noon - 8 p.m., both at the Church at Covington, 11975 Hwy 142, Oxford, GA.

Funeral services for Mun Cha will be Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m., and the viewing will be Friday, June 5, 8 p.m., both at Lee's Funeral Home and Crematory, 4067 Industrial Park Drive, Norcross, GA 30071.

(11:57 a.m., June 5) Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Pitts died from a gunshot wound to the head. The autopsy was performed by Dr. Kris Sperry, chief medical examiner of Georgia. 

The GBI also released dash-cam footage from the shootout that took place at Pitts’ residence, 3535 Ebenezer Road, Conyers.

The footage shows gunfire being exchanged between Pitts and law enforcement, deputies getting Pitts’ father, Alan, to safety and the deputies entering the residence where they find Pitts. 

Sherry Lang, public information officer for the GBI, says she can’t say how many bullets were fired from either party because the incident is still under investigation. 

To watch the dash-cam footage click here.

According to the deputy's report taken Sunday, May 31, Jeffrey Pitts was described by shop owner Mun Cha as a regular customer who had "mental disorders."

The report was taken after the initial confrontation at 12:40 p.m. where Cha had held Pitts' ID until Pitts could pay for a previous bottle of alcohol. Pitts had pointed his handgun at Cha and taken back the ID. The report was completed at 1:52 p.m., about three hours before Pitts would return to kill Cha and another customer Jimquez Aikens.

According to the report, Cha told deputies that Pitts had stolen a bottle of liquor from the store last week. "Mr. Cha said that the subject came back into the store today, and when he tried to complete his purchase, Mr Cha refused to give him (his) license and told the subject he needed to pay for the bottle he took the previous week," wrote Deputy John Haynie. "Mr Cha said at this time the subject went to his vehicle and returned with a gun. The subject then pointed the firearm at Mr. Cha and demanded his license back. Mr. Cha complied and the subject then fled the scene."

"Mr. Cha then informed me that he recognized the subject as a regular customer. He told me the subject had 'mental disorders' but came into the store about twice a month."

Pitts reportedly fled in a 2005 red Jeep Wrangler, which was registered to Pitts, heading towards Newton County. 

A deputy was reportedly sent to the area of Pitts home at 3535 Ebenezer Road "and had negative contact with the jeep. Newton County was also advised of the situation and was provided with information on the lookout."

The report noted the theft was not previously reported to the RCSO. It is against state regulations for store owners to allow a tab on alcohol, although tabs can be extended on non-alcohol items, according to the Ga. Alcohol Dealers Association. 



(11:15 p.m., June 3) CONYERS - Hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop in south Rockdale Wednesday night to celebrate the lives of owner Mun "Moon" Cha and Jimquez Aikens, who were brutally gunned down Sunday, and to reach out to hug and support their families.

Jimquez Aikens' family, including his mother, father, 15-year-old daughter, aunts, sister, cousins, and more were surrounded by hugs and warm support. They spoke of the father of three as being a devoted dad who loved old cars and was a hard worker and provider.

Mun Cha's parents, who had flown in from Korea, and his sister, aunts, uncles, cousin, niece and family members who had gathered from other parts of Georgia, Pennsylvania and California, were overwhelmed by the turnout. One after another, of the store's customers and community members reached out to hug and cry with Cha's parents and family members.

His mother and father thanked the crowd for coming out. "He's resting peacefully in heaven now," his mother said.

The candlelight vigil, organized by customers, brought a crowd of longtime customers and community members who spoke fondly of their years of interactions with Cha and their disbelief in the tragic events.

Pastor Courtney Dillard spoke on reaching out to everyone with love and the healing power of love. The crowd broke out into renditions of "Amazing Grace" and "This Little Light of Mine."

Donations were collected for both families, but at the end of the night, Cha's parents gave their portion to Aikens' daughter to support her and her brothers.

Funeral services for Jimquez Aikens will be Friday, June 5, noon, and the viewing will be Thursday, June 4, noon - 8 p.m., both at the Church at Covington, 11975 Hwy 142, Oxford, GA.

Funeral services for Mun Cha will be Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m., and the viewing will be Friday, June 5, 8 p.m., both at Lee's Funeral Home and Crematory, 4067 Industrial Park Drive, Norcross, GA 30071.



Candlelight vigil for Magnet shooting victims Wednesday, 7 p.m.

(12:58 p.m., June 2): A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m., at the Magnet Bottle Shop parking lot for Mun "Moon" Cha and Jimquez Aikens, both killed in Jeffrey Pitts' shooting rampage at the Magnet Bottle Shop on Sunday.

For more background on shooter Jeffrey Pitts, Cha and Aiken, click here


Rockdale Sheriff releases more details, calls customer who fired back 'hero'

(8:58 p.m. June 1): After Sunday's tragic events in Rockdale County, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office staged a press conference to give updates on the investigation.

The victim's names, criminal history of Pitts, and other details were made available.

Conyers resident Mun Hyuk Cha was one of the victims. The 44-year-old business owner was working behind the counter of the Magnet Package Store along with his wife when Pitts opened fire. After being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Cha died of his injuries.

The other victim was 39-year-old Otonicar Jimquez Aikens. The Covington resident died the scene of his gunshot wounds. The husband and father of three was celebrating his son's eighth birthday with a cookout and had gone to the store to make a quick purchase.

There were three customers, who weren't injured in the incident, inside the liquor store.

One customer, Todd Scott, returned fired from a handgun from the back of the store at Pitts, effectively saving the lives of those around him, according to Rockdale Eric Levett.

"I consider him to be a hero," said Levett about the 44-year-old Covington resident. "Although we did have a fatality at that location, he did save some other lives that were inside that business."

Levett wouldn't say how many times each victim was shot or if Scott, who has a Georgia license to carry weapons, made contact with Pitts.

It was reportedly the first time the Porterdale restaurant owner had had to fire his handgun.

"I'm not a hero. I just did what I thought should be done," Scott later told WSB-TV. "I definitely wasn't going to lie on the floor and take it."

After firing shots inside the store, an emergency call from 3535 Ebenezer Road was made by a "hysterical" woman who said she'd been shot, according to Levett. The woman was Pitts' 64-year-old mother Judith, whom Pitts shot in the arm. Pitts also shot his 63-year-old father, Alan, in the head. Both are believed to be stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Pitts lived with both parents at the residence.

Pitts had no criminal history with the RCSO. In Newton County, he was arrested in November 2010 for driving under the influence and being in possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. He received a fine, community service and 12 months of probation for the offense.

Four RCSO deputies, Lt. Tom Brewer, Sgt. Dan Lang, Deputy Brad Lockridge and Deputy Paul Oberholtzer, and one Conyers Police officer, Cpl. Jerahmy Williams, were involved in the shooting incident at the Pitts' family residence.

Lockridge was the first to arrive and, armed with an assault rifle carried by select trained deputies, was the lone deputy who fired shots at Pitts, who had also equipped himself with an AR-15 in addition to a handgun. Pitts was also wearing a ballistic vest padded with weight plates during the incident, according to Sherry Lang, public information officer for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Lang didn't disclose why only one deputy returned fire. She also couldn't tell us how many shots were fired during the police shootout with Pitts.

"We have not determined how many shots were fired," said Lang. "We'll determine that whenever we get all shell casings pick up."

Lang did say the GBI has performed an autopsy on Pitts' body and those results will be released "whenever those results are available."

Serval key witnesses and people in these incidents have yet to be thoroughly interviewed for the investigation as well, including the deputies, the other store clerk inside at the time of the shooting and Pitts' parents.

"Again, the parents need to be interviewed. Once they're in a position where we can interview them, we'll interview them and get some more information on that," said Lang when asked why Pitts shot his parents after the store shooting. "Right now, what I would prefer, since everyone has not been interviewed, I would prefer to wait to answer that question tomorrow," said Lang.

Police video of the shootout at the household will also be released Tuesday, June 2.

Rockdale County Commission Chairman and CEO Richard Oden also gave a statement at the conference. He said that he had received calls from concerned citizens about the incident and wanted to let them, the country and the world know that Rockdale is still a safe place despite this isolated incident.

"We are all impacted by this," said Oden. "We are going to join together, hold each other up and move forward as best we can."




Warning: Disturbing footage. Partial security camera video released by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office shows there was little warning of the shooting rampage that took place at the Magnet Bottle Shop; click here

(10:18 p.m., May 31): A second person who was shot today has died, leaving more families in mourning and a quiet community shaken from this senseless rampage of violence.

The shooter's identification was confirmed as Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36.

According to Sheriff Eric Levett, Pitts had a dispute earlier in the day at the Magnet Bottle Store. The dispute was reportedly over a previous unpaid transaction, and Pitts' ID was kept. Pitts may have shown his handgun at the time and asked for his ID back and left. Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies were called and wrote a report for the disturbance.

Pitts then came back hours later, shortly before 5 p.m., and opened fire on the store, reportedly with a handgun.

A customer who was reportedly standing next to another customer who was shot, told a group of bystanders, "He didn't even say anything."

Two men were shot and killed at the store - one customer, who was killed at the scene, and a man who was reportedly the business owner and was working at the counter with his family. The business owner was flown by medical helicopter to an Atlanta area hospital and later died of his wounds.

Pitts then fled the scene and went back to his home at the 3500 block of Ebenezer Road where he lived with his parents. He then reportedly shot both his mother and father inside the home.

The RCSO received calls of people shot at the house. The shooter's mother was able to flee the building just as the first RCSO deputy arrived. She took cover.

Pitts, who was in the garage, reportedly opened fire with an assault rifle.

"The deputy gave verbal commands while returning fire," said Sheriff Levett. "The suspect refused."

Pitts was killed in the shootout.

The parents were life-flighted to Atlanta area hospitals and are reportedly in stable condition.

No deputies or other civilians were reported injured in the shootout.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was called in to the investigate the officer-involved shooting. The responding deputies involved in the shootout have been placed on paid administrative leave, as part of standard operating procedure.

The victims' identities have not been released.


(6:45 p.m., May 31) A male suspect shot multiple people at both a liquor store in south Rockdale -- killing at least one -- and at a home on Ebenezer Road before getting into a shootout with responding deputies at the home on Sunday before 5 p.m.

According to a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, a male suspect who was a regular customer at the Magnet Bottle Shop, off of Ga. Highway 20 south, got into a disturbance with several people. According to reports the shooter wanted to buy alcohol but there was a dispute about an unpaid tab from a previous transaction. According to people who were in the store next door to Magnet Bottle Shop the suspect went out and came back into the liquor store and began shooting.

He reportedly shot two or three people, killing at least one person.

He then went to his residence on Ebenezer Road where there was a male and female at home. According to reports when the first deputy arrived the female ran out of the house and took cover. The suspect, who was in the garage with his assault rifle, started firing at the deputy, who returned fire. During the shootout occurred and the suspect was shot and injured.

The victims that were shot have been transported to an Atlanta area hospital. The suspect has yet to be transported.

More details to come on this developing story.