Two brothers were killed while working at their dad’s Palmetto, Florida, convenience store. The brothers did not usually work at the store, but offered to help out on Labor Day so that the employees could have a day off.
Convicted felon Devin Chandler, 25, has been identified as the shooter at the Florida convenience store, WFLA News Channel 8 reports. Palmetto police are looking for Chandler and his 2000-2005 blue Chevy Impala.
Florida police say Devin Chandler walked into the Palmetto Snappy Quick Store on Monday morning and committed the cold-blooded murders of brothers Khasem Yousef, 23, and Faares Yousef, 17. The Palestinian-American family, who owns the store, said the young men took the early morning shift as a kindness to the regular employees.
“I feel really bad. I saw them yesterday in Tampa. I just can’t believe that,” the cousin Omar Suleiman said during an interview with WFLA.“They don’t work here usually, but they worked here today.”
Not long after the Florida convenience store shooting, a customer discovered the dead bodies of the Yousef brothers behind the counter. Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler said investigators were able to identify Devin Chandler as the shooter from Snappy Quick Store surveillance camera footage.
The surveillance video reportedly shows Chandler walking into the Palmetto convenience store about 2:30 a.m. and picking up a few items. He then reportedly walked to the counter behaving like he was about to pay for the items, and then shot the Yousef brothers “execution style,” the Bradenton Herald reports.
After the convenience store shooting, Chandler reportedly gathered up his items and left the store. A Department of Corrections report shared by the Miami Herald indicates that the double murder suspect was released from prison in 2011 after serving part of a 3-year sentence for attempted armed robbery.
The Florida Department of Corrections report also stated that Chandler walked into a Bradenton convenience store with a gun, jumped over the counter, and demanded money from the clerk. A co-worker interrupted the crime, and Chandler attempted to run away. The clerk grabbed the attempted robber by his shirt and held him down until the police arrived.
Chandler was still on probation at the time of the Palmetto convenience store double murder of the Yousef brothers. His last known address is reportedly just three blocks away from the Snappy Quick Store.
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