Supermarket Customer Carjacked and Shot to Death on Parking Lot
After church band practice, a young man decided to stop at a large supermarket with two friends. While his two companions went into the store to shop, the young man sat in his late model luxury car on the parking lot. Four gang members wearing yellow bandannas covering their faces had been wandering around the parking lot for more than 30 minutes, looking for cars to steal. Two of the gang members eventually approached the young man and, at gunpoint, ordered him out of his car. After taking his keys, they shot the young man. He died hours later at a local hospital. The store owners argued that they could not have prevented the murder and, in fact, it had guards outside who simply were unable to see the murderers wandering the parking lot at all. During our investigation, we learned that the murderers had attempted to car-jack two other shoppers as they wore the masks on their faces. The first of these attempted car-jackings occurred only 30 feet from where the guards were supposed to be stationed. This particularly lucky shopper saw the men approach with masks on and with a gun and sped out of the lot as fast as he could, making significant noise with his tires. Nonetheless, the guards said they saw nothing and heard no car exit the lot.