Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Report: January Subway Restaurant Robber Shot 4 Times As He Ran Away
On January 17 of this year Jamal Steven McKenith tried to rob a Subway restaurant. Things didn't go so well and he ended up taking two bullets in the back, one in each leg and dying just a few yards from the front of the store.
Apparently McKenith's family members are upset and feel his death should be treated as a homicide, yet Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray has declined to charge the restaurant employee saying that he didn't believe a jury would convict the man.
CMPD officers that Cedar Posts spoke with following the shooting sided with the Subway employee as well, noting the McKenith had been a thorn in their sides for much too long, off the record they repeated the classic saying "he needed killing".
According to the "Mecklenburg ME" autopsy report, McKenith died of "multiple gunshot wounds", one of the bullets struck his heart and a right lung. Another injured his right kidney, gallbladder and liver.
The coroner's report also noted that as they were removing McKenith's clothes to examine his body, a revolver with black tape wrapped around the handle fell from his pants.
The shooting happened around 7 p.m. 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 charged with robbery, conspiracy and possessing a stolen firearm.
Cedar Posts has obtained a copy of the Mecklenburg Medical Examiner's Report which is here.
It is interesting to note the trajectory of the bullets may indicate that McKenith fell with the first shot and was hit with the remaining 3 shots as he fell.