Security Guard Charged With Murder For Allegedly Shooting Customer Who Wasn’t Wearing A Mask

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A security guard in Gardena, California, was charged with murder Thursday for fatally shooting a man after they reportedly fought over him not wearing a face mask.

Umeir Hawkins faces from 50 years to life in prison for one count of murder and possession of a handgun by a felon, per a statement from the Los Angeles District Attorney. His wife Sabrina Carter faces charges of possession of a handgun by a felon and three years in prison, according to the same statement. Both have reportedly pleaded not guilty. (RELATED: San Francisco Lawmakers Introduce ‘CAREN’ Act)

Jerry Lewis, also known as “Madd Head,” entered Green Farm Market on Sunday evening without a mask as he was waiting for a tow truck for his vehicle, per the Daily Breeze. Hawkins, who reportedly worked there as a security guard, told Lewis that he needed a mask to enter the business. 

Lewis left the store only to return and begin fighting with Hawkins, per CBS. Carter, who had allegedly been waiting for Hawkins to finish work, then entered the store and produced a gun which she pointed at Lewis and other customers.

Lewis left the store but was shot by Hawkins in the back as he walked away, according to the District Attorney’s statement.

Both Hawkins and Carter were convicted in 2013 for assault by means of force likely to produce bodily injury, said the District Attorney statement. Hawkins’ bail is set at $1 million and Carter’s bail is set at $35,000.

“It shouldn’t happen this way,” Jerica Hill, Lewis’ daughter, said to CBS. “My dad is not that type of person. He has a good heart.”

Lewis was reportedly popular in the 1990s for his rap songs such as “Pimp’n Ain’t Ez” which was featured in the “Beavis And Butthead – Do America” soundtrack.

The Daily Caller reached out to the Gardena Police Department and the Green Farm Market for comment and is currently awaiting reply.