Roosters crowed in a North Side neighborhood Wednesday afternoon as police searched for two accomplices of a would-be robber who was killed in a neighborhood store.
The three 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.
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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.
The dead man, whom police described only as a “young Hispanic man,” had not been identified by late Wednesday night. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office was expected to identify him after his family has been notified.
Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792