Dallas police identify suspect in Gas Pipe shooting


by By SCOTT GOLDSTEIN / The Dallas Morning News


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 11:08 AM


Jonathan Betz reports

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Investigators have identified the suspected gunman and believe robbery was the motive in a shooting that left a recent high school graduate dead at a Far North Dallas smoke shop last month, police said.

Police are working on a murder warrant for a 20-year-old Dallas man, said homicide Sgt. Bruce McDonald, who declined to release the man's name. He said the public release of video of the Dec. 30 shooting - which also left three people wounded - was key in identifying the suspect.

"We got him identified through people watching videos and were able to identify him and at this time we're putting out a probable cause warrant for his arrest," McDonald said. "We believe that this was a botched robbery."

Rebeca Rae Kemp, 18, of Mount Vernon, was killed in the shooting at the Gas Pipe in the 18600 block of Marsh Lane.

Police have been in contact with the suspect's family, McDonald said.

"He is aware that we're looking for him now," he said. "We are in touch with the suspect's relatives and we are hoping that he will turn himself in."

Store surveillance video shows a man come to the door with a handgun. Another man walks up, takes the gun and starts firing. A third man appears to be standing behind them.

McDonald said investigators are still working to identify the other two men.