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Police: North Texas store clerk killed by Waco man – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A Waco man suspected of gunning down two store clerks during separate robberies in North Texas last week has been arrested and charged, police said Monday.

Davonta Mathis, 21, is charged with felony murder and evading arrest in connection with the shooting deaths of 60-year-old Muhammad Hussain of Carrollton and 32-year-old Gopi Krishna Dasari.

The first fatal robbery occurred on Thursday, June 20, shortly after 11 p.m. in the 1700 block of W. Bruton Road in Mesquite.

Mesquite police said officers received a 911 call that a man had entered a gas station and was firing shots. Hussain was shot multiple times in the upper body. The suspected shooter then stole a handful of scratch-off tickets and fled the scene.

“This is very bizarre behavior,” said Sergeant Curtis Phillip of the Mesquite Police Department. “He's 21 years old and he decided to make decisions that would greatly affect the outcome of his life.”

When police arrived at the supermarket, they found Hussain in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. After being taken to a local hospital, the 60-year-old victim eventually succumbed to his injuries.

An affidavit obtained by NBC 5 states that on June 22, two days after the first shooting, at around 12:30 a.m., Mathis went to the Fox gas station in the 8600 block of Lake June Road in Dallas' Pleasant Grove neighborhood and threatened Dasari with a gun.

Dallas police said Mathis then shot Dasari multiple times, hitting him in various places, including the head. Mathis then stole several Black and Mild cigarillos and attempted to break into the cash register, but was unsuccessful in fleeing the scene, the affidavit states.

“I heard the shots and froze for a second because I didn't know what was happening,” said a witness to the shooting who wished to remain anonymous.

The witness said he called 911 and saw Dasari bleeding to death, but he didn't know how to help.

“I froze. I didn't know what to do,” said the witness. “The powerlessness, you know, of not being able to help him.”

When police and paramedics arrived at the gas station, Dasari was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. After more than 18 hours in intensive care, Dasari succumbed to his injuries.

People who knew Dasari said he came to the United States from India just eight months ago to attend school. He leaves behind a wife and a one-year-old child.

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“He's a very, very good guy,” said Istikar Warsi, who owns a cellphone repair shop in the same building where the shooting took place. “I can't imagine what his family is going through right now. It's very, very hard for his family.”

According to police, surveillance footage from the gas station revealed details about the suspect's vehicle, prompting police in the area to be on alert.

Shortly before 1 a.m. after the Dallas shooting, Mesquite officials said they saw an older blue Chevrolet pickup truck matching the description of the vehicle linked to the June 20 shooting and attempted to stop the driver near Military Parkway and South East Boulevard.

“An alert patrol officer was able to spot the vehicle during his routine patrol,” Phillip said. “So the officer obviously knew what we suspected from the 20th (of June). But he had no idea what had probably happened 20 minutes earlier.”

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Mathis, sped away and gave officers a chase before being stopped and arrested for fleeing from police.

Officers recovered the gun Mathis used in both shootings, and the suspect was still wearing the same clothes he wore during both robberies, the affidavit said.

“It's just sad that someone at that age would choose to live that life and throw their life away for something so meaningless,” Phillip said.

On Sunday, June 23, the Indian Consulate in Houston announced that Dasari had succumbed to his injuries and released a brief statement.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Indian citizen Gopi Krishna Dasari in a robbery. We extend our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.”

After further investigation and questioning, Mathis admitted to the shooting of Dasari and the capital murder in Mesquite.

After Dasari's death, Mathis was again charged with murder. Records show he is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $7.5 million bail for all three charges.

A GoFundMe campaign for Gopi Dasari's family has already raised more than $225,000 in two days. Donors can make their contribution there.

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