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Murder suspect taken into custody, accused of shooting man in Fort Worth parking lot

A Fort Worth man was booked into jail Tuesday morning and accused in a fatal shooting last week where a victim was shot in a business parking lot.

Avery Levar Colter, 27, of Fort Worth, was booked into the Fort Worth Jail shortly after 9:30 a.m. on a charge of murder. His bail had not been set.

Colter was booked on the same day he had a court hearing scheduled in Fort Worth on a charge of engaging in organized crime related to a September 2017 robbery in Arlington, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

Colter is accused of killing 28-year-old Tony Austin Jr. on May 21 in the 1300 block of East Berry Street.

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Avery Colter of Fort Worth is accused of shooting a man to death in a Fort Worth business parking lot. Courtesy: Fort Worth Jail

Lex Johnston of Hurst, Colter’s attorney on the Arlington charge, declined on Tuesday to comment.

Austin died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Police did not provide any other details on the shooting or a motive.

Witnesses reported a man opened fire at the victim, got into a vehicle and then sped away on East Berry Street.

No other injuries were reported.

Police responded to the shooting shortly before 12:30 p.m. May 21.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Ace Auto Repair & Tire.

A man who answered the telephone at the tire business declined to comment.

Officers closed part of the street in both directions for more than two hours as they gathered evidence in the homicide.

Detectives also collected surveillance video from nearby businesses for leads on the gunman.

Colter was scheduled to be in Criminal District Court No. 396 in Fort Worth at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the Arlington case. He had been out of jail on $75,000 bond.

Further information on the Arlington case was not available on Tuesday.

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