Violent Serial robber killed
during robbery attempt
Originally ran here
"Worker kills teen in apparent hold up attempt"
July 21, 2001
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- A Shreveport teen-ager
died from a gunshot wound after exchanging gunfire with a hardware store worker
during a botched robbery attempt.
The employee of The Tool House fired one shot
with a .357-caliber revolver, hitting Diandre Lias in the chest, Shreveport
Police Detective Russell Ross said. Lias, 19, died about an hour later at LSU
Hospital in Shreveport Friday evening.
No charges were filed against the employee, who
was not identified. The case will be turned over to the district attorney's
office after detectives finish their investigation, Ross said.
"I believe (the employee) did the right
thing," Nick Shihadeh, manager of the nearby Triple JJJ store. "(If)
someone tries to take your money or your life, that's it."
Lias was wanted on a warrant for attempted
murder. He allegedly shot a man in the stomach May 9.
Lias was arrested in January and charged with
the Dec. 6 robbery of a Shreveport video store. Detectives said he was also a
suspect in other armed robberies.
Police said Lias walked in The Tool House
wearing a blue bandanna over the lower part of his face and armed with a
.38-caliber revolver. He cocked the gun and threatened three employees and one
customer, Ross said.
The employee and Lias both fired once, Ross
Lias "didn't even make it in the store
very far," Ross said. "He was just inside the door."
Lias was picked up nearby by two acquaintances
in a car, who drove him to the hospital. Ross said the two men could face
criminal charges if they dropped the teen-ager off knowing he knew he was going
to try to rob the business.
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