UPDATE: Family identifies clerk murdered at Louisville convenience store
A Louisville man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a clerk shot inside a convenience store early Thursday morning during an attempted robbery near the University of Louisville campus.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Family members have identified the clerk shot and killed early Thursday morning inside of a convenience store near the University of Louisville campus as 50-year-old Denny Davis.
According to an arrest report, 32-year-old James Spaulding walked into the Stop-N-Go on Warnock Street around 2 a.m. and got into an argument with employees.
The paperwork says Spaulding used a handgun to shoot and kill a store clerk. He then allegedly fired the gun at another person at the store, but missed.
Police say Spaulding then walked a short distance away and shot the gun into a nearby home, where residents were sleeping.
"The guy was coming down the street screaming for help," neighbor, Mark Adair said. "He comes up on my porch, and he tries to open my door. And he shoots the lock out with a gun and tries to open the door again."
Adair says a bullet just missed his 16-year-old son who was sleeping on a couch. He also says the same man broke a window on one of his neighbor's homes.
Police say they eventually captured Spaulding when they saw him driving a silver 2002 Ford F-150 near the interchange of I-65 and I-264. A brief pursuit began, with Spaulding wrecking his vehicle at the I-264 ramp, near Crittenden Drive. He allegedly tried to run away, but was taken into custody a short distance later, biting an officer in the process and causing damage to a police cruiser, according to the arrest report.
The interstate was closed for about an hour before police towed the car and took Spaulding into custody. He has since been charged with murder, attempted murder, wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading in a motor vehicle, third degree assault and first degree criminal mischief.
Early Thursday morning, LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell didn't have much information to release about the person taken into custody.
"At this point we're still in the early stages of the investigation," Mitchell had said.
Moe Mezyed, the store's owner, told WDRB he has reviewed the surveillance video and says one customer and another employee were inside when the victim was shot.
Mezyed says the shooter ran into the store, yelling for help. Mezyed says he isn't certain if the suspect intended to rob the store, but says he seemed mentally ill or on drugs.
Davis worked at Stop-N-Go for about a year. Before that, friends say he had a job at Speedy Mart at Fourth and Winkler, where customers knew and loved him.
"He worked 7 days a week, just about," said Robert Phillips, a frequent customer. "I'd come over and get some change, wash my car, spend money here with him, we'd fuss about different things... He didn't deserve that. I don't believe he did."
Davis still lived next door to the business.
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