Dallas PD Releases Video of Oak Cliff Store Owner's Shooting In Hopes of Catching Suspects

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Late on July 3 Dallas Police sent word that two men had shot to death an Oak Cliff convenience store owner ... over two boxes of onions. As Byron Harris noted a day later, Quick Check Grocery's Jin Ha was beloved by folks living near the store at Illinois Avenue and Overton Road; said one customer, "It didn't matter if you was a drunk, a crack head, she treated everybody the same."

Three days later, one of three men suspected in the shooting was arrested: Robert Roberson. Police said they were close to charging two others. But in the weeks since, they remain at large. Which is why Oak Farms Dairy announced today it's upping the reward money leading to the arrest and indictment of the two suspects, adding to Crime Stopper's initial $5,000 another $10,000. And that's why DPD this morning released the video of the shooting, along with the names and photos of the two suspects: 17-year-old Don Williams and 19-year-old Lamarcus Mathis.

Per the police: "Anyone with information about these suspects, or this offense, is asked to contact the Dallas Police Departments Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661 or Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-8477 or through iWatch which can be accessed at www.dallaspolice.net."
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Daniel
Daniel

Hi, just wanted to correct some of the comments below.

She was not carrying a gun, as was reported, she was unarmed and the motive was not towards robbery.

My aunt, Jin Ha, had a confrontation with the young men earlier that day about shoplifting. They came back to murder her over that earlier argument. She didn't rush out to meet them with a weapon, she was closing her store with leftovers from lunch.Just wanted to clear that up for the people who wanted to make this some kind of anti-gun pro-gun internet debate.

Benjamin492011
Benjamin492011

they need to change the death penalty its to easy to just lay down and go to sleep start feeding the lions with these confused petty ass no sense of awareness ass criminals crimes as sensless as this need seriously harsh punishments let me make the call if you kill someone in the comission of a crime boy do i have a list of capitol punishments for your ass all will be tellivised too.whoever raised these people should also in some way be held responsable

Observist
Observist

The video appears to show the robbers weilding guns, taking the onions(?!), and leaving to the left of the camera around 0:28.   Around 0:42, the couple appear to be uninjured and are walking around the car, heading towards the left where the robbers went.   

From the linked WFAA story:  "Robbers were hitting the Quick Check and Jin Ha was chasing them out with a gun of her own."   

Perfect example for the pro-gun commenters on the Oak Lawn robbery story from the other day.  Let the idiot punks take your onions and you're fine.  Go after them with a gun and you're likely to end up dead.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Yes, yes, by all means, hunker down when the bullies attack, live in fear, and think not of these animals' next victim, or the next, or the next. Better to live as a dog than to die as a human being, that's the ticket.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I support your right, but in that situation I think it would be most prudent to not brandish at that time, give them what they want, then...  The temptation to shoot those fuckers would be strong, but I think you'd be wise not to bring your gun out.  This would seem to make the likelihood of bullets flying grow exponentially.  I don't get the sense that gun fanatics get into many fights, but, I'm telling you, experience tells you to be reticent to up the ante in a street fight. 

Observist
Observist

If you really beleive giving up a shoulder bag or a box of onions makes you a dog, and risking your life for that shoulder bag or box of onions makes you a human, then you really don't value your life very much.  

Personally, wouldn't want my kids to be orphaned because I couldn't stand to let a thief run off with some crap I bought at Best Buy for $500.

Dallasite1978
Dallasite1978

Sure, that's some fine logical thinking Observist. As we all know, no unarmed store clerk has ever been shot therefore all store clerks would be safer if unarmed...

Observist
Observist

And your fine logical thinking is "Unarmed store clerks have been shot, therefore having a gun will reduce my chances of being shot"? 

The point is most armed robbers are interested in getting stuff, not killing people.  If you pull a gun on them, it changes their motivation from getting stuff to defending their lives.  It makes an already stupid, nervous, desperate person even more stupid, nervous and desperate, and therefore much more likely to shoot you.

Give that armed robberies occur at about a 30-1 ratio to murders, a robbery victim has better than a 29 in 30 chance of surviving.  Do you seriously believe that pulling out a gun and starting a shootout with the robber increases your chances of survival? 

A gun may be very effective as a deterrent, but if it's failed to deter a stickup, you're better off not using it.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Obeserist  Interesting points .

So I will  add these

Wolves and Sheep come to mind in the Oak Lawn situation. . So I wonder how long they had been stalking their prey .Personal awareness might have prevented the indecent.They got the drop on the dude . Drawing a weapon or using some kind of KUNG FU would have only made the situation worse   He really is lucky to be with us .

As for the shop owner ...Prime example of owning a TOOL and having no clue how or when to properly use it .And she isn't with us because of it.

A Generalization here but more than a grain or two of truth. Go to any gun range/store  you will meet a more than a few CHL ass hats who are quite sure they are an incarnation of Dirty Harry or Charles Bronson in Death Wish.

You like stats ?Try to find out in any given  officer Involved shooting how many hits they get on target vs misses they have .And these guys are trained .

The best way to prevent a crime is to be aware at all times and be careful.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Any word on where they went to high school?

Wayd34
Wayd34

they went to w.t.white high school

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Two handed shooting over Onions..... One has to wonder if it was Cash or Dope  ?

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

... said one customer, "It didn't matter if you was a drunk, a crack head, she treated everybody the same."

There's an epitaph.

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