GUNMAN SHOT DEAD at OBAMA MART After Threatening Shoppers

Police have been called to the Obama Mart 206 times since August of last year.
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Jhai-quel Rai-Tez Black, 23, shown after an arrest last year, was shot and killed by security guards at the Obama Express Food Market in south St. Petersburg. Police say he was waving around a gun. (Bay Net News 9)

Jhai-quel Rai-Tez Black was shot dead by security guards on Tuesday after waving a gun around in the store.
Bay News 9 reported:

An armed man was shot and killed by security guards at a south St. Petersburg convenience store early Tuesday, police said.

Jhai-quel Rai-Tez Black, 23, of St. Petersburg was arguing with another man as they entered the Obama Express Food Market at 1400 18th Ave. S around 3:30 a.m., police said.

Black refused orders to leave and, at some point, produced a gun and started waving it around. The security guards, who had been patrolling the area outside of the store, came inside and shot him, according to police.

The incident was recorded by a store surveillance cameras and is being reviewed by detectives.

Troy Jones, who owns a barber shop nearby, said he’s not surprised by what happened, and that rowdy crowds and calls to the police are the norm for that area.

“They’re piled up in my parking lot, the post office parking lot, just hanging out, 3 o’clock in the morning coming from the clubs,” he said.

Police have been called to the location 206 times since August for things like crowd issues, fighting, trespassing and even other shootings.

“This has been going on for some time now,” police spokesperson Yolanda Fernandez said.

Black’s friends and family said they could not imagine him waving a gun around in a store. The incident was caught on security cameras.

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