The California security guard is charged with murder after shooting a customer for not wearing a face mask
- Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, reportedly shot Jerry Lewis, 50, while walking away after a fight at Green Farm Market, Gardena, Sunday night
- Hawkins’ wife, Sabrina Carter, 50, is said to have pulled a gun during the fight
- A fight broke out between the two men when Lewis entered the market where Hawkins worked as a guard without a face mask
- Carter took out a gun and aimed it at Lewis and other customers
- Hawkins reportedly shot Lewis dead when he walked away from him
- Hawkins was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a firearm
- Carter was charged with a criminal charge in possession of a firearm
A California guard has been charged with murder after shooting a customer for not wearing a face mask.
Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, reportedly shot Jerry Lewis, 50, while walking away after a fight at Green Farm Market in Gardena, Los Angeles, Sunday night.
Hawkins’ wife, Sabrina Carter, 50, has also been accused of owning a gun by a criminal after allegedly pulling out a firearm during the feud between the two men.
Umeir Corniche Hawkins, 38, (left) from Gardena, Los Angeles, is said to have shot 50-year-old Jerry Lewis walking away from him after a fight at the Green Farm Market on Sunday night. Hawkins’ wife, Sabrina Carter, 50, (right) is said to have pulled out a firearm during the feud between the two men
The deadly shooting occurred when Lewis entered the market where Hawkins works as a security guard who doesn’t wear a face mask before 7pm.
Authorities said Lewis had hit the market on Wednesday while waiting for a tow truck for his vehicle, which had two flat tires.
Hawkins reportedly told Lewis to wear a face mask, and an argument arose between the two men.
Lewis left the store but returned shortly afterwards, and he and Hawkins fought again, police said.
At this point, Carter reportedly pulled out a gun to defend her husband, pointing out Lewis and other customers in the market.
Authorities said this had broken off the fight, and Lewis began to run away from Hawkins toward his vehicle.
But Hawkins followed and, once out of the store, reportedly drew his own gun and shot Lewis as the victim walked away.
Hawkins was arrested on Monday and charged by the Los Angeles County prosecutor for murder and possession of a firearm by a criminal.
Carter was charged with a criminal charge in possession of a firearm.
This is after the husband and wife team were convicted in 2013 of assault through violence likely to cause serious physical injuries.
Both pleaded not guilty to new charges in the Torrance Superior Court on Wednesday.
Hawkins is being held on $ 1 million bail and could face up to 50 years in life in state prison if convicted.
Carter’s bail has been set at $ 35,000 and she can face up to three years in prison.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
California Governor Newsom issued a statewide order last month requiring residents to wear masks in most public indoor spaces, as well as outdoors when social distance is not possible, as coronavirus cases flooded the state.
California Governor Newsom (pictured) issued a statewide order last month requiring residents to wear masks in most public indoor spaces, as well as outdoors when social distance is not possible, as cases of coronavirus are statewide have contracted
The governor said that too many people went out in public with no face cover when businesses, restaurants and other sectors of the economy reopened.
The order requires people to wear masks inside or in the queues for public indoor areas, including hospital and pharmacy visits.
It also applies to ‘high-risk’ outdoor situations, such as waiting for or traveling by public transport, where it is not possible to stay six feet apart.
While mask requirements vary from state to state, employees have often been tasked with enforcing local or business rules.
In May, a security guard at a Los Angeles Target store suffered a broken arm after a fight with two customers who allegedly refused to wear masks under shop rules.