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2 men arrested after gas station gunfire exchange kills 2

February 2, 2020 GMT

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Police have arrested two suspects following a gas station convenience store robbery and gun battle that left two people dead near Philadelphia.

Officers in Chester were called to the Sunoco A-Plus Mini Market shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday and found 29-year-old Tahriq Doward in front of the store with a gunshot wound. Thirty-year-old Lasantos Saunders was found a block away in the driver’s seat of a car, also with a gunshot wound. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said surveillance footage and further investigation indicates that several people assaulted and robbed Saunders inside the store. Employees escorted the attackers out, but moments later Doward returned and exchanged gunfire with Saunders.

Police said two men were charged with robbery, aggravated assault and other counts, but not with the homicide of Saunders.