‘He Didn’t Deserve This’: Texas clothing store manager shot dead after he confronts 2 men about shoplifting

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Jan. 18 2022, Published 7:56 p.m. ET

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Police are searching for two male suspects in connection to the fatal shooting of a Texas clothing store manager who confronted them about shoplifting.

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Around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, Ezenna Ukachukwu believed the pair were trying to shoplift items from City Gear in Houston, KPRC-TV reported.

One of the two suspects allegedly pulled a gun on Ukachukwu and fired multiple times.

Keland Craft, a friend of the victim, witnessed the incident and said there was a “quick verbal back-and-forth, then the shooting went on.”

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Craft attempted to use merchandise from the store to staunch the bleeding from Ukachukwu’s wounds, but the 34-year-old father of two died at the scene.

“It’s terrible. It’s going to be bad for a while, real bad. This is a real big loss,” Craft told KPRC-TV.

“He didn’t deserve this,” said another of the victim’s friends, Ryan Robinson.

Police said one suspect wore a beige hoodie while the other had on a black hoodie with the character Naruto on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers Houston at (713) 222-TIPS.


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