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Waffle House shooting in Atlanta: The shooting suspect had priors

Waffle House shooting suspect Quintavius Martin pictured in a 2007 mugshot (on the left) and his most recent arrest photo (on the right).
Waffle House shooting suspect Quintavius Martin pictured in a 2007 mugshot (on the left) and his most recent arrest photo (on the right).
Courtesy of Fulton County Jail Booking Mugshots

One day before Father's Day an employee at the Waffle House on Fulton Industrial Blvd. in Atlanta shot and killed a customer after an altercation escalated into violence. The shooting was preceded by two men and one woman entering the establishment early Friday morning, arguing continuously. The female left, but the two men stayed, according to My Fox Atlanta, which reported on June 13 that the two men then begin arguing with the cook and security guard, which led to the shooting.

Police took the cook into custody following the shooting, and a witness at the scene said that one of the male customers had told the cook "let's take this outside" and was carrying a gun. But that is when he heard shots fired and looked to see the customer lying on the floor.

CBS Channel 46 reported that Waffle House employee Quintavius Martin, 25, retrieved his own weapon and then fired his gun at customer Adrian A. Mosley, 33, after the argument began. According to CBS, Martin has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

The Fulton County Jail inmate records reflect that a Quintavius D. Martin (an alias used by Quintavius Martin) was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of battery on September 27, 2007 in a prior incident. He was released the next day on a $5,000 signature bond. And there are no Atlanta criminal records for him between that incident and the one that occurred this month when he was arrested for shooting and killing a dining customer.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Waffle House shooting suspect waived his first court appearance on Saturday, according to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan. That simply means that he will not stand before a judge and hear the charges against him read out loud, and that he, nor his attorney, will be attempting to get a bond set for his release, as there will be no bond issued in this shooting case based upon the AJC report.

Father's Day diners looking for a place to take dad on Sunday don't want to have to deal with squabbles between other customers and restaurant cooks, chefs or servers. And, in fact, no one wants their meals interrupted with this type of controversy or violence, regardless of the holiday. So choosing where you eat is an important part of enjoying a safe and nonviolent meal time on this special occasion or any other day.

On Sunday you definitely want your dad to be able to have his special meal in peace, so if a restaurant eatery requires a security guard to be on hand in the dining establishment 24/7, it might not be a wise choice for your holiday meal this year. Security is a good thing, and having a security guard on the premises--like at a luxury hotel--does not mean the place is unsafe to eat at. But if it is a fast food restaurant location and they have to hire a security guard to hang out in it all day, then it does seem to say your safety may be at risk.