Dunkin' Store Manager Shot, Killed During Robbery In North Philadelphia

Alicia Roberts reports.

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JOE HOLDEN: First, killed in cold blood. Police are on the hunt for the man who robbed and murdered a Dunkin' store manager. Good evening. I'm Joe Holden. The manager was just opening the donut shop in North Philadelphia. After handing the suspect money, police say she was shot in the head.

Eyewitness News reporter Alicia Roberts live at the scene with what police know so far. Alicia?

ALICIA ROBERTS: Well, Joe, so many questions still tonight, including why. As you said, that victim cooperating with the suspect, handing over cash from the safe and the cash register. Throughout this afternoon, friends and customers of the store manager named Christine came to lay balloons and flowers and Teddy bears and candles to remember the woman that helped start their day with a smile, so many days.

And tonight, Philadelphia Police need your help to find the gunman. I want you to take a look at this surveillance video released late today by police. Police say the 41-year-old woman was opening the store around 5:20 AM this morning when the suspect approached her, armed with a gun, and forced her inside. The gunman then takes the victim to the back of the Dunkin' kitchen, first to where the safe is on the floor, and then towards the supply closet, where you can see the victim handing the gunman cash from that cash register drawer.

Today, as news of what happened spread and the senselessness of it, those who knew Christine talked about her kindness.

RANDALL FLEMING: She started this thing with me about paying for the person behind me. I'm not a rich man or anything. But I would find out how much the cost for their coffee or donuts or whatever they got. And I paid for it behind me. And I got that from Christine.

DANNY DAVIS: This was really the dagger. This really hurts so much. It's so hard because innocent people are getting killed.

ALICIA ROBERTS: And all throughout the afternoon, we have been here. So many people coming up to ask why. She cooperated with the suspect. He could have just taken off. Why take her life? That victim did die on scene.

Police say the suspect was wearing a blue hoodie and gray cargo pants and gray sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to give them a call. There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. Reporting live in North Philadelphia, Alicia Roberts, CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Joe?

JOE HOLDEN: Yet another senseless crime. Alicia Roberts, thank you for that live report.