A 17-year-old teenager allegedly shot and killed another 17-year-old at a Forsyth Walmart after a heated argument ensued between the two on Sunday evening, Jan. 2.

On Sunday, at around 6 p.m., an altercation reportedly erupted between the victim Cedric Mays, 17, and the accused Tarmaine Jontavion, 17, in the produce section of a Forsyth Walmart. The argument continued into the frozen food section during which, in a fit of rage, Jontavion allegedly pulled out his pistol and shot Mays several times, resulting in his death, CBS46 reported.

Mays was pronounced dead at the scene and Jontavion was subsequently taken into custody by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the shooting has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is working to gather more details in the case.

"I'm very shocked, heartbroken by the situation," Christopher Andrews, who grew up in Forsyth, said.

"Forsyth is a small town. Just about everyone knows everyone," he continued. "I've watched them grow up over the years, just different situations where I'd run into them. It's never anything bad out of either, more so guidance when I talk to either of them."

Andrews said he always knew the two of them to be friends and that a dispute between them is the last thing he expected, 13 WMAZ reported.

"You know, they say God has a plan for everyone, but I really do think things could have happened to prevent the situation. It's a situation where I'm praying for both sides, both families, that they have strength during this, because I know it's hard for both of them," Andrews said.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Brad Freeman stated that the officers are trying to figure out where the accused got the gun from.

"I think a lot of teens, when they have these firearms that readily available, they come up with a permanent solution to what is, at best, a temporary problem," Sheriff Freeman said.

"When they do something foolish like this, it's going to have an effect on their life for the rest of their lives," he added.

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