TAMPA, Florida -- Neighborhood residents are in disbelief over the early morning robbery of their local Family Dollar Store and the murder of the store's manager, 49-year old Horsley Shorter Jr. Tampa Police say the crime occurred around 8:57 a.m. along the 4900 block of North 40th Street in Tampa.
"It's heartbreaking because everyone here is like family," said customer Lannesha Drayton. "All of those employees are nice people. You wouldn't think anyone would come in there and rob them."
Police say a suspect entered the store demanding money from an employee behind the counter. The manager was in the back office and ran out to help his employee after seeing the holdup on video surveillance. Police say that's when the gunman opened fire, killing Shorter, a 26-year retired army veteran.
"We are all family around here," said customer Temika Jones. "You couldn't ask for a better person. He brightened your day when you were down. He always had something encouraging to say."
The second employee was ordered outside, where the suspect ordered him into the truck of his own car. The victim pleaded to be let go, the suspect then taking off in the employee's white, 4-door Mitsubishi Mirage.
"I don't understand why people out doing ridiculous stuff," said Drayton. "They need to stop the violence. For a couple of dollars. It's not worth it."
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20's, with a thin build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a black beanie, long sleeve thermal shirt, long shorts, dark blue boxers, and low white socks.
He was seen fleeing the scene in the victim's stolen car, a white four door Mitsubishi Mirage with a "save the Ta-Tas" breast cancer awareness magnet, Sonic air freshener on the rear view mirror, no rims, and no window tint.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Tampa Police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or text a tip to CSTB 274637.