The shooter walked straight in, picked a few things, said he wanted to pay and then killed 23-year-old Khasem Yousef and 17-year-old Faares Yousef sometime around 2:30 p.m. The two young men were shot in the head, execution style, according to the authorities.
Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler, who is now in charge of the case said that what the shooter did “was pretty cold-blooded”.
It was reported that the police already has a suspect in the double homicide. His name is Devin Chandler and he is 25 years old. He is most likely armed and very dangerous, so people should stay on the lookout and avoid an encounter.
The killer must have been inside the inconvenience store for a very short while, because soon after that, another customer came in and saw the lifeless bodies of the two young brothers.
The police, who were reluctant to release the name of the suspect in case he would manage to hide from the authorities, say that the murder seems to be a robbery and that a warrant for his arrest has already been obtained.
It was reported that the killer was not wearing gloves when he committed the murder, so the investigators are checking for any fingerprints. There is also a recording available, which clearly showed the shooter’s vehicle outside the store.
Perimeters have already been set at the scene and the police have been searching the area, which is now filled with detectives, police officers and representatives of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Investigative Unit.
Khasem and Faares were not supposed to be working on Mondays because they were employed somewhere else, but they decided to cover the shift for Labor Day to help out their father, who owned several stores.
Many of their relatives and friends came at the site to express their grief. The boys’ mother was under so much distress, that an ambulance was needed to help her feel better. Some of the family members were allowed to say their goodbyes before the two men’s bodies were taken for an autopsy.
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