A Georgia United States Postal Service employee was stalked by her estranged boyfriend in the days before she was found fatally shot in the head at her job, witnesses tell reporters.
Quantez D’Ante Tyre, 22, waited outside Tyrika Terrell’s job before shooting and killing her Monday night, DeKalb County, Ga., police said Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Terrell, who was also 22, was found underneath a postal truck bleeding from her head. Terrell and Tyre had a 6-month-old daughter together. As of Wednesday evening, law-enforcement officers were still seeking information about Tyre’s whereabouts.
At the time of the shooting, witnesses said they heard four shots fired from the loading dock of the post office. Another witness said he saw the suspect sitting at a Coin Laundry just before the shooting. A woman who was inside the Coin Laundry said that she saw the suspect, but didn’t think anything of it because he appeared “calm, cool and collected.”
“I noticed it was something because he kept peeping out the window like he was looking for something or somebody,” she said.
The witnesses said that once the suspect spotted the young mother, he turned the corner and opened fire, the Journal-Constitution reports.
Terrell’s mother, Eugenia Terrell-Grant, said that Tyre called her the night her daughter was killed.
“I can’t imagine what was going through his head. Why would you want to take the mother of [your] child?” Terrell-Grant told Channel 2 News, the news site notes.
A truck driver backing up the loading dock found Terrell’s body—which initially led officers to believe she was hit by the vehicle. She was rushed to a local hospital but was pronounced dead.