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A 22-year-old man who police say went into an Atlanta grocery store carrying a rifle and who was later found to have six guns and body armor was arrested Wednesday.

No one was injured, and the man’s motives were not clear early Thursday.

Rico Marley was booked into the Fulton County Jail on 11 charges, including five counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony and six counts of possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies, records show.

The incident unfolded around 1:30 p.m. at a Publix Supermarket. The man went into a bathroom in the store and officers were waiting for him when he left, police said.

“At the time of his arrest the suspect had a total of six firearms in his possession,” the Atlanta Police Department said Thursday in a statement. It was not clear where the other guns were found or if he was wearing the body armor.

A photo showed two long guns and four handguns.

Atlanta Police Department have confirmed that these weapons were seized from the suspect at a Publix supermarket on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.via Atlanta Police Department

A witness told local ABC affiliate WSB-TV that he saw the man with what he described as an AR-15 rifle in the bathroom and “the weapon was leaned up in the stall of the bathroom, and it was not in a case.”

Marley is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday at 11:30 a.m. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.

A phone number for someone listed by that name in Georgia could not immediately be found early Thursday.

His arrest comes two days after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. The suspect in those killings is in custody and has been charged.

Last week, a gunman killed eight people in shootings that targeted a massage parlor and two spas in and near Atlanta. The alleged killer in those shootings is also in custody and has been charged.

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Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

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