One dead in Monroe convenience store shooting

One dead in Monroe convenience store shooting

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 8 at 10:38 AM

MONROE, N.C. -- Detectives are investigating a deadly shooting at a Monroe convenience store and the violent confrontation was recorded by a surveillance camera.

It happened Friday afternoon at a store in the 700 block of East Franklin near the Red Cross, and not far from Monroe High School.

The surveillance video shows 22-year-old Christopher Thomas pull up to the Sunoco gas station on East Franklin in a white SUV.  He saw 25-year-old  Necole DeMont Horn near the doorway to the gas station.

Police said Thomas and Horn knew each other.

Surveillance video shows Thomas and Horn argue across the parking lot.  In the video a woman walks between the two men seconds before the video shows Thomas reach into his SUV, grab a gun and start shooting.

“He could have hurt a lot of people.  School was letting out, at that time.  Monroe High School is just down the road,” said interim chief Bryan Gilliard with the Monroe Police Department.

After firing several shots, the video shows Thomas put a dog back into the SUV before speeding off.  The video does not show his 4-month-old daughter in the back seat unsecured, according to police.

“It’s tough. Most of us are parents and when you see a small child that’s completely innocent, the child wasn’t fastened in a seatbelt or a secure device. The suspect was driving, running, trying to get away from us.  It hits close to home,” Gilliard said.

Police say Thomas drove several miles down Highway 74 before he turned into the median at Bivens Road as he tried to avoid a police officer who had spotted him.  Thomas’ SUV hit three other vehicles causing only

The 4-month-old was not injured and was put into DSS custody.

Emergency crews took the victim to CMC Union, where Horn was pronounced dead.

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