On Sunday, a robbery of a Kay Jewelers store at the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Texas, went terribly wrong and left one person dead and three others injured. One of the people shot dead is being called a Good Samaritan. He was killed after he tried to intervene and prevent the two robbers from escaping. One of the two robbery suspects, now also wanted in connection with the homicide of the Good Samaritan and the non-shooting injuries of three others, is still at large.
According to WOAI 4, the attempted robbery took place a little after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police and fire officials in San Antonio said that the two people, who were injured in the gunfire that broke out at the Rolling Oaks Mall during the robbery of the Kay Jewelers store, were “taken to the hospital with non-shooting injuries.” Police Chief William McManus described the incident, saying it was a robbery gone really, really bad, CBS Miami reported.
When the Good Samaritan tried to stop the robbers from fleeing, one of the two suspects shot and killed him. McManus said that a second person at the mall, “carrying a licensed concealed weapon, then shot and wounded the robber who had killed the person who intervened.”
Chief McManus said the shooting of the Good Samaritan was “absolutely senseless.” The name of the deceased man has not yet been released by authorities, pending notification of his relatives. As the uninjured robber made his escape, he fired his gun and injured a man and a woman.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Chief McManus called both the man who had tried to stop the robbers from escaping and the man with the license to carry a concealed weapon “Good Samaritans.” He said he did not know if they had come to the mall together, or “if they just happened to be there at the same time.” Their names have not been released by authorities.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said that the two people who the robbery suspect shot, and the robber who was shot, were transported to local hospitals. Hood added that two other people who had been shopping at the mall, a pregnant woman who was having labor pains and a woman who was complaining of chest pains, were also transported by the Fire Department to local hospitals.
The Fire Department transported four gunshot victims to the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Their conditions were not immediately available. However, the robbery suspect who was shot while attempting to flee was listed in critical condition.
Mayor Ivy R. Taylor tweeted, “@SATXPolice & Live Oak PD searching for 2nd suspect in deadly shooting @RollingOaksMall. Plz report any info u may have. @COSAGOV.”
Chief McManus said the police are still searching for the other robber. He said that the police searched the Rolling Oaks Mall and feel confident that the suspect is not in there.
After the police searched the mall, K9 units did a second sweep of the mall. The police had placed the Rolling Oaks Mall on lockdown, but by 6:40 p.m., they started releasing groups of people from the mall.
Chief McManus said that the police are investigating the possibility that the robbery of the Kay Jewelers store might have been committed by “the same suspects in a smash-and-grab robbery that occurred Friday at South Park Mall.” He called the two incidents “similar,” and said that both robberies involved “two Hispanic males with the same clothing description.”
Police describe the San Antonio robbery suspect as a thin built Hispanic male who is in his late 20s. He has short hair and is balding. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a hoodie. The police plan to release the surveillance video of the incident and ask for the assistance of the public in locating the second suspect.
By John Samuels
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