Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy who fatally shot a Dollar General store clerk during a failed robbery attempt.
Dallas police say they arrested the teen suspect, who is not being named since he’s a minor, on Thursday around 1 p.m. for the capital murder of 27-year-old Gabrielle Simmons. The mother of 6 was killed during the robbery Monday night at the Dollar General on Sunnyvale Street. She was killed right before she was set to finish her workday.
Several tips from the public helped police identify and find the teen suspect. Police found him just a few blocks north of the Dollar General. They said he was arrested without incident.
“We view these things very seriously,” said Deputy Chief Malik Aziz. “They’re family to us. Gabrielle Simmons is family to us. Her family is family to us. And this is why we have so many community people coming forward wanting to help us with this.”
Police say the shooter walked up to Simmons and demanded all the money in the cash register. She followed his orders and put the money in his gym bag, but she was still fatally shot. Police said the gunman shot her, grabbed the till and ran out.
But police say Simmons still managed to hit the alarm, causing the store’s doors to shut automatically. As the shooter was trying to escape, he dropped his bag filled with the money and escaped.
Aziz did not say if they’ve recovered the murder weapon or if the teen confessed to the crime. Detectives are still looking for another male who was believed to be the lookout during the robbery.
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