A man armed with a rifle entered an Atlanta Publix Supermarket Wednesday in Midtown at Atlantic Station, a commercial and residential area in the city, police said.

Atlanta police said they detained a man with five guns and body armor at the Publix at Atlantic Station Wednesday.

By Jason Morris, CNN

A witness saw the man entering “the location openly carrying a rifle and entered the bathroom” and alerted the store management and then notified police, according to a preliminary investigation.

Officers immediately located and detained the man. During the investigation, officers recovered five firearms (two long guns and three pistols) and body armor, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

“When the male exited the bathroom, arriving units immediately detained” him, according to a statement from Atlanta Police Department.

Police identified the suspect as Rico Marley, 22. He has been charged with reckless conduct and will be transported to the Fulton County Jail for further processing.

The firearms, body armor and property recovered during the investigation will be placed into APD evidence.

Atlanta police also responded to a call of a suspicious package shortly after Marley’s arrest at the same location.In an email message shared by a resident at Atlantic Station, they were told, “At the request of APD, due to a suspicious package, Atlantic Station is immediately shutting down the Atlantic Station district and the parking deck.

“The area has been evacuated and they are investigating. Atlanta police said.

It is unknown if the package is related to the earlier incident at Publix.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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