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Grandpa shot dead trying to apologize after ‘minor fender bender’ in Walmart parking lot

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Grandpa shot dead trying to apologize after ‘minor fender bender’ in Walmart parking lot

A remorseful California grandfather was fatally gunned down in a Walmart parking lot as he tried to apologize to his suspected killer for causing a minor fender bender.

Jonathan Mauk, 59, accidentally reversed his Chevrolet Camaro into suspect Shawntece Marie Norton’s car while leaving to meet up with his family, his son revealed to ABC 7.

Mauk was driving down through the parking lot, searching for an open spot, when Norton was backing out of a parking spot. He then reportedly struck Norton’s car.

“From what witnesses told me my dad felt responsible. He was the one to blame, so he got out of the car to apologize, and that is when the other person shot him,” his eldest son, Matthew Mauk, told the outlet.

Norton, 37, allegedly shot and killed the grandfather in the face as he stepped out of his car to make amends for the accident, according to KTLA.

She is accused of fleeing the parking lot after the shooting but was arrested the next day.

Jonathan Mauk was shot and killed in a California Walmart parking lot after getting into a minor fender bender earlier this month.

Jonathan Mauk was shot and killed in a California Walmart parking lot after getting into a minor fender bender earlier this month. Mauk family handout

Mauk, who was described as a family man, leaves behind three sons and two grandchildren.

Mauk, who was described as a family man, leaves behind three sons and two grandchildren. Mauk family handout

Norton has since been charged with murder. 

Hauk’s son revealed that there was “no real damage” to his dad’s car when he picked the vehicle up later in the day.

“There is a scratch on the fender. There is not a dent, there is no real damage. There is a scratch. That is the extent of the collision that he lost his life over,” Matthew Mauk told the outlet.

Matthew Mauk said his father, who “liked being called grandpa” because “he loved the title,” only stopped at the store to pick up salt and some soda to make his homemade beef jerky with the family.

The grandfather was said to be a classic car enthusiast.

The grandfather was said to be a classic car enthusiast. Gofundme

“I can’t even put into words why that happened or what would go through a person’s mind to make that seem like an acceptable action,” Matthew Mauk said. “None of it makes sense.”

Mauk is remembered by his loved ones as a man who loved his family, a classic car enthusiast, and a friend who could be counted on.

“I cried when I found out he got killed,” said Lee Hall, Hauk’s friend and coworker, told KTLA. “That’s what he loved — cars. He probably would have fixed the lady’s car for nothing, but she ended up shooting him.”

The grandfather's suspected killer, Shawntece Marie Norton, fled the scene after the shooting and was arrested the next day.

The grandfather’s suspected killer, Shawntece Marie Norton, fled the scene after the shooting and was arrested the next day. Onscene.TV

As the family attempts to pick up the pieces after his murder, Mauk’s son says they will not let that deter them from pursuing justice.

“We’ll be there for every single court hearing – anything that has to do with this incident we’re going to be there,” Mauk said. “We’re going to be vocal, we’re going to talk about it.”

Norton entered a not-guilty plea during her initial court appearance this week, according to the outlet.

She is due back in court on Feb. 15.

The victim's son, Matthew Mauk, said his father was the

The victim’s son, Matthew Mauk, said his father was the “foundation” of their family and his death is “immeasurable.” KABC

The Highland Walmart is about 5 miles from the San Bernardino International Airport.

The Mauk’s senseless killing comes only weeks after a Colorado grandfather was also gunned down following a dispute.

Richard Sanchez, 60, was shot and killed when he got into an argument with a 13-year-old suspect on an RTD bus in Denver on Jan. 27.

Police believe the argument between the alleged teen killer and Sanchez started over the elderly man blocking the aisle with his leg.

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