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Louisville police charge two men in shoplifting shooting of Kroger manager www.privateofficer.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. April 102 2012 — Police arrested two teenagers on Friday that they say are connected to a shooting at a Kroger early Friday morning.
Police say a man shot a Kroger department manager after shoplifting at the store. They say he was accompanied by two other suspects, a male and female.
Louisville Metro Police made two arrests in connection with the shooting at about 7:00 Friday evening.
19-year-old Devonnte Jammal McElroy is charged with criminal attempt murder and robbery. A 16-year-old female is charged with robbery.
Police say a third suspect is still at large, but believe he’s a black male in his 30′s. He’s 6’0-6’2, thin build, medium to dark complexion, wearing black pants and a black jacket with a black ball cap.
Police say two men and a woman were shoplifting beer and steak at the Kroger on New Cut Road overnight, filling a grocery cart with several items. They say the Kroger manager confronted the trio outside, and police say one of them men shot the manager in his shoulder. He was taken to University with non-life-threatening injuries.
As of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, police had surrounded one of the residences at Yorktown Apartments in Louisville’s south end, on a report that one of the suspects could be inside. A spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools said school buses that drop students off near the apartments were re-routed.
Kids on those buses were taken to Auburndale Elementary, where parents could pick them up.
“I got a daughter and son and my daughter is a school bus rider. They’re not letting her off the bus. It was scary. I didn’t know what was going on. I was scared for them, but knowing she was at school was better”, says Ashley Greene, who lives in the Yorktown neighborhood.
A third suspect, who was inside the apartment with the two suspects, was also taken in for questioning. His sister tells WDRB he just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“He was just in the house and didn’t know what was going on”, says Renee Collins.
Meanwhile, who live near the Kroger where the shooting happened say the incident has them shook up.
“Considering that I live right there and I have five kids, scary,” said Katrina Bogard, who shops at the Kroger on New Cut Road just about every day. “Usually I go 12 or 1 o’clock at night, and nobody’s here. It’s a good time to go,” said Bogard.
The three suspects ran from the scene, two of them towards the PNC Bank, which is close to Bogard’s neighborhood. “So that means they’re close. That’s scary,” said Bogard.
Police ask anyone with information to call the LMPD anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.