CCTV:Louisiana, In a seemingly random act of violence, a man took aim at two convenience store clerks on the West Bank, opening fire in broad daylight.
The suspect’s actions were caught on tape and police say they caught him.
“You can see suspect walk in the store, he stands in line, waiting just like a regular customer,” said Westwego Police Chief Dwayne Munch.
But police say what Danny Ray Tollett did next can only be described as cold, calculating and bold. Holding a .44 caliber handgun behind his back, and wearing a T-shirt that says, "Sick of it all," says Munch Tollett does the unthinkable.
“When the customer in front of him finishes paying for everything and steps aside, he says, ‘This is for you,’ reaches over and shoots the cashier and calmly walks out,” Munch said.
“It seemed like he was on a mission. The cashier said never seen him before. He doesn’t know him. He never met the man, so that’s one of first quests we asked because it wasn't a robbery. It was just walk in, waited in line patiently and shot the cashier,” he said.
The cashier was able to deflect the aim of the gun so the bullet hit him in his arm instead of his chest. Witnesses at the gas station got a tag number and Westwego Police tracked down Tollett's information.
“We got on the scene, got the information, and then our detectives went to work and started tracking vehicles through different systems that with use with the computer, …pulled up his photo -- he has an arrest record, so we’re able to pull those things,” said Munch.
Jefferson Parish deputies spotted his car on the Crescent City Connection and pulled him over on Terry Parkway, wearing the same clothes and carrying the same gun.
Nafea Abdel-Jabber says his co-worker and friend who was shot is in the hospital and doing well tonight, and he is relieved that Tollett has been caught.
“I called my friend to be careful because, as they told me, he did it yesterday and today, so it’s gonna happen again,” he said. “When the told me they caught him, that's beautiful.”
A similar shooting happened yesterday in Terrytown and Munch says Tollett is more than likely the shooter in both, but they're still investigating. He says if the shootings are linked, they will investigate it as a possible hate crime because both victims are of Arabic descent.
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Location: Louisiana, Missouri, United States (load item map)
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