2 women killed in a shooting at a dollar store in Georgia

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Two women were killed in the parking lot of a Georgia dollar store by a man that officials said they believed was the separate friend of one of the victims.

Police have arrested Quartis Tremon Thomas, 25, in Phoenix City, Alabama, and charged him with two counts of murder in the fatal shooting of Jasmine Trace, 30, and Keira Williams, 28, citing police.

Investigators alleged that Thomas, who is believed to be Williams’s ex-boyfriend, shot Williams while she was in the passenger seat of a car parked at the Columbus discount store.

Muskogee County coroner Paddy Bryan said Trace’s body was discovered on the sidewalk next to the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene and pronounced Williams dead in hospital.

Police said a 6-year-old boy was in the back seat of the car at the time of the shooting and was unharmed.

Officials have not commented on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Thomas was handed over on Tuesday to Columbus and held in Muskogee County Jail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled.

It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

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