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Police release more details in convenience store shooting death

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at 6:43 a.m.

The teenager who was shot to death by a convenience store clerk Thanksgiving night had robbed the same business a week earlier, police said Monday.

Giorgio J. Rock, 16, was one of three men who tried to rob the KC Gas & Groceries store at 1161 N. Broadway at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Wichita police Lt. Todd Ojile said. While one of the trio stood outside the convenience store, Rock and the other man went inside.

Rock crawled under the counter, pointed a pellet gun that “looked real” at the clerk, shoved him and began to take money from the register, Ojile said. After a brief scuffle, the clerk pulled a gun out from behind the counter and shot Rock.

“The clerk was defending himself,” Ojile said.

The second man inside the convenience store, who was also armed with a pellet gun, fled with the man who was outside.

Rock crawled back under the counter and tried to flee the building, Ojile said, but he collapsed at the door. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The other two suspects in the robbery, who are both 19 years old, were arrested later Thursday night.

Rock was one of two robbers who struck the same convenience store the previous week, Ojile said. In that robbery, shortly before midnight on Nov. 16, police have said, the store’s clerk had just closed up for the night when he was approached by two armed men. One pointed a gun at his chest and ordered him back into the store, where they cleaned out the cash registers. They left on foot.

Rock dropped out of Sowers Alternative High School in October, USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman said. His Facebook page listed him as a member of East High’s Class of 2013.

A warrant for Rock’s arrest was issued on Nov. 5, according to Sedgwick County District Court records. He was wanted for violating probation.

Rock had numerous criminal charges filed against him over the past two years, including battery, theft and possession of drug precursors and paraphernalia. He had been charged with battery as recently as Oct. 29, court records show.

Evidence in the robbery during which Rock was killed will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, Ojile said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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