Second Gas Station Shooting Victim Dies

By Shane Allen
|  Saturday, Apr 3, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM CDT
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Second Gas Station Shooting Victim Dies

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The second shooting victim in a violent gas station robbery died late Friday night, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.  

Bread delivery man Jerry Barnett, 70, was shot during a robbery at the Valero convenience store on the 4000 block of Mansfield Highway the morning of March 22. 

The store’s clerk, Daniel Rojas, 23, was also shot and killed. Rojas was pronounced dead on the scene.

Surveillance video released by Fort Worth police shows Rojas complied with the bandits' demands, gave them money and held his hands up. One of the gunmen grabbed the clerk's neck and appeared to shove him around the counter.

In a dramatic part of the video not publicly released, Rojas is seen crying on the floor right before he was shot in the head, police said.

A sizable amount of money was taken in the robbery, police said. It was not immediately clear if police had recovered any of the cash.

Four men have been arrested in association with the crime.

Police arrested Tywron Pierre Thomas, 23, at his girlfriend's apartment on Tuesday. Three other men, Kwame Rockwell, Randy Seibel and Chance Smith, are charged with capital murder.

Investigators have said that the three people arrested last week all knew the victim. The men worked at a car lot right next door, were regular customers, and knew Rojas, according to two store employees who spoke under the condition their names not be used.

One clerk speculated Rojas was killed because he was able to recognize the men even though they had covered their faces and worn gloves.

A police spokesman, Sgt. Pedro Criado, confirmed the men worked at the car lot.

Incredibly, the victim's co-workers said just hours after the murder, the suspects were at work at the car lot and feigned surprise about what had happened.

The employee said two of the suspects mingled with him, a co-worker and the gas station's owner and offered their condolences -- all as police swarmed the crime scene.

"One of them even talked to a cop outside and asked him how the investigation was going," the clerk said.

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