IRVING, Texas -- Police were looking for a former car wash employee suspected of fatally shooting five people and critically wounding another during an apparent robbery at the shop three days after he was fired.
''We haven't seen anything this gruesome, this vicious in quite some time,'' police spokesman David Tull said Monday.
The suspect, Robert Wayne Harris, 28, was fired Friday by Mi-T-Fine Car Wash after he was arrested for exposing himself to two women at the business.
Police identified three of the dead at the scene as car wash employees Dennis Lee, 48; Rhoda Wheeler, 45; and Augustin Villasenor, 36; all of Irving. Villasenor's brother, Benjamin, 32, and Roberto Jimenez Jr., 15, died at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. An unidentified man was in critical condition at Parkland. Police declined to say if the other victims worked at the car wash.
Officers told The Dallas Morning News in today's editions that Harris is a suspect in the disappearance of Sandra Gaye Scott, an Irving woman who was last seen near the car wash Nov. 29. Her vehicle was found Dec. 3.
There is a ''strong connection'' between the suspect and Scott's disappearance, Irving police Lt. Tim Kelly told the newspaper.
Harris was arrested Friday on indecent exposure charges and was released Sunday on $500 bail. Dallas County officials said the suspect also has several past arrests, including a 1991 burglary charge for which he received an eight-year prison term.
HEAD:Ex-Black Panther arrested in Alabama By DAVE BRYAN
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- H. Rap Brown, the former Black Panther leader who once declared that violence was as American as ''cherry pie,'' was arrested after a shootout with U.S. marshals in connection with last week's fatal shooting of a deputy.
Now known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, he was arrested Monday night in Alabama's Lowndes County, west of Montgomery, FBI agent Theodore Jackson said.
Authorities spotted him hiding in a shed, three days after he allegedly killed one sheriff's deputy and seriously wounded another while they tried to serve him with an arrest warrant in Atlanta, 160 miles northeast of Montgomery, Ala.
Jackson said Al-Amin immediately began firing shots at the team of U.S. marshals who found him in the shed, then ran into nearby woods.
Federal and state agents circled him, then released dogs into the area, Jackson said. Within moments, Al-Amin was arrested, uninjured. No officers were injured.
Several other people were being detained for possibly harboring a fugitive, though no charges have been filed, Atlanta Police Chief Beverly Harvard said Monday.
It was not immediately clear what led up to the confrontation at the shed.
Lowndes County Sheriff Willie Vaughner told The Birmingham News in today's editions that agents first spotted Al-Amin walking down a street in the community of Whitehall. The newspaper said he began firing shots and fled into nearby woods and then the shed.
The New York Times, citing interviews broadcast on local TV, reported that federal agents were fired upon near the shed as they were conducting a door-to-door search.
Officials with the FBI's Mobile office refused to comment on the reports this morning.
Al-Amin was scheduled to make a court appearance in Montgomery today and was expected to be returned to Atlanta.
Al-Amin, 56, is accused of fatally shooting deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding deputy Aldranon English in a shootout in Atlanta on Thursday. The deputies were trying to serve Al-Amin arrest warrant at his store.
After Al-Amin's arrest, Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett spoke with English, the wounded deputy. She said he told her: ''Tonight I can sleep.''
The warrant was issued after Al-Amin failed to appear in court in January on charges of theft by receiving stolen property and impersonating an officer. Those charges stemmed from an incident last May, in which Al-Amin was allegedly stopped in a stolen car and flashed a badge.
On Thursday, as the deputies approached a black Mercedes-Benz, the driver got out and started shooting a high-powered assault rifle. English identified the shooter as Al-Amin.
Al-Amin was a leader of the Black Panther Party, which was founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. The pair met as students in Oakland, Calif., and were working at a city anti-poverty center.
The organization collapsed in the late 1970s, brought down by deaths, defections and infighting. Newton was shot to death in 1989 by a young drug dealer.
In the 1960s Al-Amin served as a leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and justice minister of the Black Panthers. He once exhorted blacks to arm themselves, saying, ''Violence is as American as cherry pie.''
In 1967, he was charged with inciting a riot in Cambridge, Md., where he had told about 400 blacks: ''It's time for Cambridge to explode, baby. Black folks built America, and if America don't come around, we're going to burn America down.''
After the rally, shots were fired between blacks and whites. Al-Amin was wounded in the forehead by a shotgun pellet, and a white police officer was wounded. The next morning, a school and two city blocks burned.
Al-Amin went to Atlanta in 1976 after converting to Islam while serving five years in prison for his role in a robbery that ended in a shootout with New York police. In recent years, he has been the spiritual leader of a mosque and operated a small grocery in Atlanta's West End.
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