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Man walks up to car at gas station, shoots and kills passenger, police say

man walks up to car at gas station shoots and kills passenger
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Dec. 18 2021, Published 4:48 p.m. ET

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A shooting in the parking lot at a gas station in Alabama left one man dead and the suspect turned himself in to authorities, police said.

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Around 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 15, Cornelius Rashad Jones, 31, turned himself in at the Tuscaloosa County Jail after a shooting took place in the parking lot of a gas station in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, officials said.

According to authorities, 50-year-old John Weston Horton was seated in the passenger side of a vehicle parked outside the gas station when a man approached the vehicle and shot Horton through the car window.

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Horton was taken to the DCH Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, The Tuscaloosa News reported.

Police said a woman was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, but she was not injured.


Authorities said the shooting was witnessed by several people and investigators obtained surveillance video footage.

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Police said Horton was in a relationship with a woman who was previously involved with Jones. Anger over that relationship is said to be a possible motive for the shooting.

Jones was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail and charged with capital murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle, police said. He is being held in jail without bond.


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