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Suspect Charged in Brutal Gas Station Attendant Killing

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Handout/Alain Leconte

Handout/Alain Leconte

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police announced Wednesday they had charged a man they believe is responsible for the cold-blooded murder of a gas station attendant during a hold-up in Norwalk, Conn., last year.

When two men held up the Shell Station on West Avenue, they ordered the customers to get on the floor. The attendant, Jose Morales, was told to open the register. He complied and then hit the floor with the others.

WCBS 880′s Fran Schneidau reports as the two suspects were leaving, one man turned back and fatally shot Morales in the head.

WCBS 880 Reporter Fran Schneidau gets details of the killing and comment from the police chief.

Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia called the shooting an assassination.

Police Chief Harry Rilling said the police have charged 22-year-old Alain Leconte with felony murder.

“This was certainly a heinous crime that shocked the community,” Rilling said.

Leconte and his accomplice are both in prison for other crimes. They will be arraigned on Thursday on the latest charges.

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