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Fort Worth police seeking person of interest in slaying

Police provided these photos of a man considered a person of interest in the killing of Chaz Gilley.
Police provided these photos of a man considered a person of interest in the killing of Chaz Gilley. Courtesy

Police are seeking help identifying a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Chaz Gilley in Fort Worth.

One suspect in the case, James E. Murphy, was arrested Tuesday on a capital murder warrant. Police sent out a news release Thursday requesting information about a second man, a person of interest.

Gilley, 18, of Joshua, was riding his bike home Oct. 7 when he was struck by a black car and then shot several times by an occupant of the car. He died a day later.

The news release, which included photos of the person of interest, said the man in question may be driving a black Chrysler 200 sedan and may be connected to the east and south sides of Fort Worth.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call detectives at 817-392-4330 or 817-392-4338. Callers can remain anonymous.

Homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said investigators believe that Gilley was randomly targeted after the suspect spotted him at the Wal-Mart off East Berry Street. Gilley’s mother, Chesala Sanderson, said her son went to the First Convenience Bank inside the Wal-Mart that day to open an account so that he could cash his first paycheck.

Sanderson said her son was riding home on East Berry Street when he was struck by a black car, an occupant of which then shot the teen multiple times.

Loughman declined to say whether the suspect got away with any of Gilley’s property before fleeing.

A passerby picked up Gilley, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities, and drove him to a fire station, where an ambulance was summoned. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he died from his injuries almost 24 hours after the shooting while in the operating room.

Murphy remained in the Mansfield Jail on Thursday with bail set at $300,000 in the capital murder case and $100,000 on an unrelated aggravated robbery case stemming from an Oct. 14 game room robbery.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

See the Star-Telegram’s complete database and map of area homicides here.

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