One Of 3 Men Gunned Down In Local Store Parking Lot Dies

KILLEEN (January 7, 2013)—One of the three men who were shot and critically wounded last week in the parking lot of a Killeen convenience store has died, police confirmed Monday.

Police identified the victim as Austin James Sampson, 25, but provided not further details about his death.

Fort Hood, however, issued a press release Monday identifying Sampson as an Army specialist from Bliss, N.Y.

He died Friday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Fort Hood said.

He joined the Army in July 2006 and deployed to Iraq from November 2007 to January 2009 and from August 2010 to August 2011.

He had been assigned to Fort Hood’s Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, since February 2010.

It’s not clear why police waited until Monday to confirm the death.

The victims were shot at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Star Mart store at 1704 Old FM 440 Rd. in Killeen.

Sampson was flown to Scott & White in Temple and the other two were taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

All three were in critical condition, police said.

The gunman, who’s black, and has dreadlocks fled south on Old FM 440 in the Lincoln Town Car, police said.

The three victims were in a Maroon SUV at the time of the shooting, police said.

Investigators don’t know the motive for the shooting.

It was the second deadly shooting at a Star Mart store in Killeen in less than two months.

Imran Amir Dukka, 28, of Killeen, was shot to death during a robbery just before midnight on Nov. 7 at the Star Mart in the 3600 block of Zephyr Road in Killeen.

A second man, whose name was not released, was injured in the shooting and was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

He was later transferred to Scott & White Hospital in Temple in stable condition.

Dukka had just arrived to pick up the other man, who also worked at the store, when three armed men dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered ran up to his Toyota Camry, robbed the two victims and then opened fire, shooting each man several times, police said.

The three robbers then took the Camry and sped off.

The car was later found abandoned in the area of Highland and Stetson, police said.

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