Update: JPD issued a press release that is posted below.
A store security camera video shows a suspect in the death of Chris Summers shot him after Summers walked towards him while brandishing a handgun. JPD allowed JJ and WAPT to watch video of the shooting. JPD allowed us to take notes but would not provide a copy of the video as there is an investigation into the death of Summers. Summers is the father of a girl who is a star on an ABC TV reality show.
The video shows a red sedan pulling up to the gas pumps at the Laxmi Convenience Store on Terry Road at 4:00 AM. No other cars are present. A passenger gets out and goes to the store. The red car leaves. A silver Mercury Grand Marquis pulls up to the center of the pumps (between pumps 2 and 3) at 4:05 AM. A small "vent" window in the rear of the passenger's side of the vehicle is broken out. The rest of the windows are tinted. The Mercury then leaves.
The red sedan returns at 4:06 AM and parks at pump 1. It should be noted that no one ever attempts to pump any gas into a car at any time. A passenger gets out and walks towards the store. He tucks a handgun into his waistband as he walks to the store. The Mercury returns five seconds after the red sedan parks at pump 1. It is clear these two cars have been playing cat and mouse. The Mercury pulls up and stops in front of the sedan (perpendicular to the pump and sedan).
Three black men get out of the Mercury and approach the red sedan at 4:07 AM. Summers got out of the front seat on the passenger's side of the car. Summers brandishes a handgun as he walks to the car. It is clear from his gait, manner, and the position of the handgun that he means business. The driver of the red sedan is partially shielded by the door. He immediately pulls a gun out of the car and starts shooting at Summers, striking him apparently in the abdomen. Summers falls down and lies facing up to the sky, writhing in agony as his life slowly ebbs away. Two men flee and the other jumps intoo the Mercury and quickly leaves the gas station. The red sedan left as well. Everything is over by 4:09 AM
A good Samaritan runs over to help but runs away when the Mercury returns at 4:09 AM. The trio gets out and checks on their dying friend. They get back in the car, leaving Summers lying in the parking lost. One conscientious occupant jumps back out of the car, runs back to the body, and retrieves the handgun. He jumps back in the car and the Mercury speeds away from the scene of the crime - again leaving Summers for dead. (KF note: Gangsta morality). A gray Jeep Cherokee arrives less than five minutes later and parks next to the body of Summers. A black female and other passengers get out of the car and become visibly upset. A Nissan Altima arrives and several passengers get out of the car. They are quite upset as well.
JPD is searching for the suspect and has not retrieved the handgun.
JJ reported yesterday that Summers was convicted twice for the sale and possession of cocaine. He was indicted in November 2013 for the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute while in the possession of a firearm. Earlier post.
Update: Here is the press release issued this afternoon:
Kingfish note: No comment on this headline over at a certain alternative weekly newspaper:
JPD sources said the suspects in the death of Summers were never suspects in the carjacking spree that took place last week.