Autopsy: Subway robbery suspect was shot 4 times in the back

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by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. / CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

WCNC.com

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 22 at 1:37 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 20-year-old robbery suspect killed by a Charlotte Subway restaurant employee was shot four times from behind, according to an autopsy report released this week.


The report sheds some light on what happened following the attempted robbery on the night of Jan. 17, but it doesn't answer questions family members have raised about whether 20-year-old Jamal Steven McKenith was gunned down as he fled.


McKenith died of "multiple gunshot wounds" according to the autopsy. One of the bullets struck his heart and a right lung. Another injured his right kidney, gallbladder and liver.


As coroners were removing McKenith's clothes to examine his body, a revolver with black tape wrapped around the handle fell from his pants.


In March, Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray announced the Subway employee who fired the fatal shots would not be charged. In a statement, the district attorney said he didn't believe a jury would convict the man. Police have declined to release the man's name, saying he is the victim of a robbery.


The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at a Subway restaurant on Sugar Creek Road in the Hidden Valley community. According to police, McKenith and Demetrius Nathaniel Thomas, 19, walked into the Subway armed with handguns and tried to rob the restaurant. An altercation began when the employee refused to comply with the suspects' demands. The employee opened fire, shooting at both men.


The suspects fled and McKenith was found dead at the end of the strip mall, the statement said.

Thomas showed up a short time later at Carolinas Medical Center, suffering from a gunshot wound.

He remained in Mecklenburg jail late Tuesday.

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