Arlington police release name of man killed at Smokin Dragon shop

Posted Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The name and age of the man killed at Smokin Dragon Gifts on South Cooper Street was released by police on Thursday, nine days after he was shot by a store clerk who told police he thought the man was a shoplifter.

Fuad Babatunde-Oscar, 20, of Arlington was fatally shot Nov. 26. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office still has not listed Babatunde-Oscar on its website. Authorities have not reported how many times he was shot and where the bullets struck him.

He was buried Saturday at Cedar Hill Memorial Park and had two brothers and one sister, according to a paid obituary placed in the Star-Telegram by a Fort Worth funeral home. The siblings could not be reached for comment.

The clerk, Johnathan Brian Lambert, 28, faces a murder charge in Babatunde-Oscar’s death.

Lambert told police that Babatunde-Oscar was shoplifting, and Lambert shot him inside the store before following him into the parking lot as he tried to flee, police have said.

Lambert, 28, of River Oaks, was arrested at the scene. He was released from the Arlington jail the following day on $50,000 bail.

Police have said another Smokin Dragon clerk, who was also armed, was questioned by police but not arrested. A car driver who was with Babatunde-Oscar and was confronted at gunpoint by Lambert, has not been arrested, police have said.

Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman, said that the investigation is still open and that the department has provided information to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Police believe Babatunde-Oscar and the driver of the car were unarmed, and there was no direct threat to the clerk, other employees or customers, a police spokeswoman has said.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792 Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

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