Surveillance video of a gas station shootout shows the shocking final moments before 43-year-old Ronald Morales was shot dead.
Police say no charges will be filed against the other shooter—whose name was not released—because he acted in self-defense. It’s unclear why the situation escalated so quickly, but Morales was killed in the April 8 shooting at a BP gas station in Elmwood Park, Illinois.
Elmwood Park Police said Morales walked out of the gas station’s convenience store and made “eye contact” with another man, who was getting ready to pump gas, Pioneer Press reported. According to police, Morales then walked back to his car (not visible in the video), got his gun, and charged the other man.
In the video, Morales is seen opening the passenger side door of the other man’s car and then closing it as the other man steps out of the driver’s side with his own gun in hand.
The two men begin firing at each other over the hood of the car. (Warning: graphic video) Authorities later found at least 14 shell casings on the ground.
Morales fled the BP gas station, but later died from injuries stemming from the multiple gunshot wounds he sustained. The other shooter then got back into his car and drove off.
Police still don’t know why Ronald Morales charged the other man, or what precipitated the gunfight. Thanks to the gas station’s surveillance video, investigators were able to identify the other shooter and confirm that the survivor had acted in self-defense.
“The gas station has a state-of-the-art camera system that provided us with excellent video footage, allowing us to quickly get to the truth in this case,” Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said in a statement. “It appears that the initial shot was by Morales. We don’t know the reason why Morales would do that.”
Police said the shooting was not gang or drug-related. “This was an unfortunate and isolated incident,” Chief Fagiano said. “But in the end, it was determined that the individual acted in self-defense. We are happy that no innocent citizens were injured.”
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