Arrests made in liquor store killing

Channel 2 Action News reported that 22-year-old Jamal Parker has been charged with murder and armed robbery. Police said he was the shooter.

Sheldon Brown, 23, also is facing murder charges in the case, the report said.

Authorities said a tip led to the arrests.

Images of suspects sought in the Saturday killing of a Clayton County liquor store clerk have been released, but not by police.

Rickie Street, who installed the video cameras used at Moe's Package Store on Mount Zion Boulevard in Morrow e-mailed images to the AJC that he said show the suspects.

Clayton County police spokesman Otis Willis said Wednesday morning that detectives had elected to not yet release the evidence to the public.

"We are not going to do anything to compromise the case," he said. "We ask that the public be patient."

Clayton police have not released the name of the shooting victim, identified Monday by Street as his longtime friend, Deon Causey, 31.

Police also would not identify the suspect shot by Causey who was taken into custody at the scene.

Monday, Street contacted the AJC to say he had "very clear video" of the three armed gunmen who robbed Moe's Package Store Saturday night.

Causey was killed during an exchange of gunfire with the robbers, said Street, who said he's studied video of the shooting for hours.

“I still don’t want to believe it. I watch it over and over and think about what I could have done if I had been there,” said Street, who had been best friends with Causey for about 16 years and considered him his brother.

“My brother has to lose his life for $200?" Street said, his voice trailing off.

Street said he was releasing the images "because these thugs need to be stopped. It was way too easy for them to kill my brother so I know they will not hesitate to kill anyone that gets in their way. I want the community to know they can visit their local stores without being worried about ending up face down on a cold hard floor."

Street, who currently works in Michigan, said he was contacted immediately after the shooting by the store owner, Dean Smith, who asked for his help with collecting security video.

Street gathered the video remotely via computer and made it possible for police to easily put the evidence on a USB drive.

It's "very clear" said Street, who said a high-definition camera at the entrance captured "clear as day" images of the gunmen's faces.

Street said security video shows three armed men enter the store. One man stood near the door, one in the middle of the store and another approached the register.

A woman working the register was pushed out of the way when she opened the cash drawer. Causey saw this happening and picked up a .45 from the counter and began to walk toward the register, but was shot in the back two times by the lookout with a .22, said Street.

Deon fired at the man at the register and hit him seven times, said Street, then "fell to his death" while firing at the other robbers who tried to flee out the entrance.

The robber shot at the register crawled outside and collapsed, Street said.

A worker in the back of the store ran to the front of the business and was grazed in the neck by a bullet fired by the lookout, Street said.

Seven customers were in the store during the shootout, Street said.

Smith, the store owner, said he hired Causey the first day he opened for business about 10 years ago.

"We are all family," Smith said. "We know every customer by name. Deon took care of this place like it was his own."

Smith said every employee at the store has a gun, a fact well-known by the community.

"These people are not local because everyone knows we run a safe store," Smith said.

--Dispatch editor Angel K. Brooks contributed to this article.

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