Would-be robber shot by Fort Worth store owner identified

A young man who police say was fatally shot as he attempted to rob a store Wednesday has been identified as Christian Carvajal of Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Thursday.

Carvajal, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Police continued their search for two accomplices Thursday afternoon.

Carvajal and two other men walked into the Lincoln Grocery at 1:50 p.m. One of them, who appeared to be unarmed, demanded money from the owner, who handed over his wallet, said Sgt. Steve Enright, a police spokesman.

But when the owner saw that one of the other men held a shotgun, he grabbed a handgun and shot the armed man dead, Enright said.

The others ran from the store at 1701 Lincoln Ave. at the corner of Northwest 16th Street, Enright said.

Enright said he did not have their descriptions, and there appeared to be no witnesses in the store.

Detectives had to wait for a translator to interview the owner, who is Vietnamese. Enright said the man was “shaken up but OK.”

Investigators were seen inspecting two security cameras at the entrance.

Neighbors stood in the sprinkling rain as police investigated. They said the owner runs the store with his wife, often until midnight.

They said violence has declined in the area since a crackdown on gangs in the late 1980s.

The little blue house-turned-store has been in the neighborhood at least 30 years, they said.

“Everyone knows each other around here. North Side is like a little town,” one man said.

He and other neighbors asked not to be named.

He expressed concern for children who stood watching outside their homes. The store is near Circle Park and J.P. Elder Middle School, which is closed for the summer.


Staff writer Doming Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792