Customers, neighbors react to shooting death of College Station clerk

Published: Dec. 17, 2018 at 5:05 PM CST
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The College Station community is remembering a convenience store clerk who was shot and killed Sunday night.

54-year-old Anita Jean Randle was working behind the counter at the Valero Corner Store at Rock Prairie Road and Highway 6 when a man came in and demanded money with a gun. Investigators said she was shot in the chest after she told 29-year-old Rufus Lockett she couldn't give him any cash. Randle was taken to nearby Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, where she died.

Early Monday, police arrested Lockett, a Brenham man, in connection to her death. He has been charged with aggravated robbery with serious bodily injury. Monday, the Valero store was still closed. A makeshift memorial of a few flowers were left by the front doors. Customers said Randle was well liked.

"I knew the lady, Anita, who had been shot and killed. I wanted to come by and see if there was anything that I could do," said Robert Miksch. He said he stops by the store at least twice a week.

"She was always friendly, always had a smile on her face. If she looked tired, she said, 'Oh yeah I didn't get a lot of sleep last night.' I would say, 'You get more tonight,' and she was a real good worker here I'm sure," he said.

“I think that this community always steps up when something tragic like this happens and I’m sure that the community will come together. If her family needs help, we’ll help," he added.

Randle lived nearby on Sara Drive. Her family told KBTX they'd been asked by police not to speak to the media, but shared a photo of her with us.

“It’s extremely sad," said neighbor Steven Alcala. "I’m very happy that they caught the guy very quickly."

"I feel terrible for the family obviously they lost somebody who was very close, they lost somebody extremely close to them. It's just a tragedy that shouldn't happen. It was kind of senseless," Alcala said.

After getting a tip, police tracked Lockett back to Brenham.

"We looked up the person's driver license photo, matched that up, of course with video to see if it' similar," said College Station Police Lt. Craig Anderson.

"We’re continuing to interview [Lockett] at this time, but from what I understand, he hasn’t really given us a motive as to the reason why he picked the Valero station and why he decided to go in there and shoot the clerk," said Lt. Anderson.

"It's senseless, you know. She wouldn't have hurt him. She wouldn't have fought him," said Miksch.

A sign posted to the front door of the convenience store said they would reopen at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. We will keep you posted on funeral information for Randle.

Lockett remains in the Brazos County Jail on $250,000 bond.

The family of Anita Randle has set up a GoFundMe to help offset funeral cost.

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