DALLAS -- Police are looking for a suspect after they say he shot and killed a female clerk at an Oak Cliff Dollar General Monday night.
The suspect attempted to rob the store at 4807 Sunnyvale when he shot Gabrielle Simmons, 27, and fled the location at about 7 p.m.
Simmons was taken to Baylor University Medical Center where she died. She was a mother of six children, police said on Tuesday, and moved to Texas from Mississippi to give her kids a better life.
The suspect is still on the loose. He was seen on surveillance camera wearing jeans with slashes on both legs. There were also distinct markings on his turquoise cap, and he was wearing black and white athletic shoes.
”She’s such a beautiful, beautiful, person,” said friend and neighbor Jenin Ferond.
Ferond and Pat Ford are members of the Kessler Heights Neighborhood Association. They knew Simmons well.
"We don’t know what to do, we are all in turmoil,” Ferond explained. “The fact that she has kids who are young, who are going to grow up and not actually know who she was as a person, it’s devastating.”
On Tuesday, workers at Dollar General put a sign on the door that read “Close Till Further Notice.” Police say the man who murdered Simmons was wearing cut-up jeans, a dark hoodie, and a teal baseball cap. They say he has on distinct dark-colored shoes with large white soles.
"We need a place, where we can start educating our young people and let them know that it’s something better to life,” Ford said.
Ford and Ferond explained violent crimes are saturating the neighborhood around the Dollar General. The women said they have been trying to help turn things around in Kessler Heights, but it has been tough.
"We need an army behind us,” Ferond cried. “Who is standing behind us to help? Who’s going to help us clean the streets?”
At the request of Dallas Police, Oak Farms Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and Grand Jury indictment of the suspect in connection with the murder of Simmons.
If you have any information on the suspect, you are asked to call Dallas police.