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A Georgia man has been charged with murder after allegedly being involved in a fatal gun fight over a cellphone that was caught on harrowing surveillance video.
De'Andre Malik Thomas, 20, turned himself into police on Friday afternoon in connection with the Thursday shooting death of Kareem Mano, 25.
Mano, who was a recent father to a one-month-old baby boy, was shot at multiple times as he ran away from Thomas outside of the USA Grocery Store in Bloomfield, police say.
Police say Thomas and Mano had argued about a cellphone that the accused killer allegedly sold to the sister of Mano's girlfriend. The heated exchange that turned into a gun fight was caught on a surveillance camera on Thursday (above)
He died at the scene from a gunshot to the chest.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said Thomas and Mano had argued about a cellphone that the accused killer allegedly sold to the sister of Mano's girlfriend, The News Tribune reported.
The girlfriend reportedly told police that the phone was locked and it couldn't be used, so her sister wanted her money back.
The two men appear to argue with each other for a few minutes until Mano is seen tucking his gun into his waistband. They continued to exchange words with each other (above) before the situation turned deadly
Thomas allegedly fired a gun into the air and yelled, 'it's jugg season b****,' which is a a possible reference to stealing, the newspaper reported.
De'Andre Malik Thomas (above), 20, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Kareem Mano, 25
Mano reportedly told the woman, 'don't worry about it. I'll handle it.'
Police say Thomas and Mano agreed to meet at in the parking lot of the store on Thursday to discuss the issue.
Video from a surveillance camera outside of the store shows two men appearing to argue, as one of the men identified as Mano is holding a gun in one hand while wearing a blue backpack.
The two men then appear to argue with each other for a few minutes until Mano is seen tucking his gun into his waistband.
Moments later, the man wearing a red shirt, who police say is Thomas, quickly pulls out a gun and begins firing at Mano.
Moments later, the man wearing a red shirt, who police say is Thomas, quickly pulls out a gun and begins firing at Mano, who tries to run away (above)
Mano tries to run away as multiple shots appear to be fired at him as he is being chased allegedly by Thomas in the graphic video.
The video then shows Mano running towards a gas station pump, until he slows down and collapses to the ground behind a white Ford SUV.
The man wearing the red shirt immediately flees the scene, as the driver of the Ford SUV gets out and runs to help Mano before the video ends.
Davis said that at the time of the fatal shooting on Thursday, the suspected killer was already out on a $65,000 bond pending a trial in connection with a robbery last April.
Thomas and D'Angelo Montell Roquemore, 20, were charged with armed robbery, carrying weapons on school grounds and false imprisonment.
The robbery occurred at student apartments located on the campus of Mercer University.
The video then shows Mano running towards a gas station pump (above), until he slows down and collapses to the ground behind a white Ford SUV. Police say he died at the scene
During his first court appearance on Saturday in relation to Thursday's incident, Thomas was denied bond.
Mano's parents are heartbroken over the loss of their son.
'It's a feeling I really can't describe in words. I don't think any parent losing a child can describe the feeling,' Kenneth Mano, the victim's father, told WMGT.
The victim's mother, Kathleen Mano, said: 'Right now I'm so weak, I'm sick, I'm trying, I'm trying to understand what is going on if he's really gone because I cannot get over it.'
In defense of his son pulling out a gun first, Kenneth said: '...Someone pulled out a gun on you, the truth is you would be feeling threatened. But for it to escalate. How did my son who was walking away, get shot.'
This is not the first time the family has dealt with a tragedy. Back in 2003, the parents lost one of their other sons who was shot robbed and shot dead while he waited for a bus, the television station reported.
'I feel like I'm in hell right now, I've been through that, now I'm going through it again,' Kathleen said.
Anyone with information in relation to Thursday's fatal shooting is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME