Taunton Liquor Store Robbery


(HE) NEW DETAILS– ON THE ARREST OF TWO TEENAGERS– AFTER A TAUNTON LIQUOR STORE OWNER WAS SHOT DURING AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY LAST NIGHT. (MM) WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT THE ARRESTS ON EYEWITNESS NEWS THIS MORNING. NOW– WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE TWO SUSPECTS– AND THE VICTIM. (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER JARED PLINER HAS THE NEW DETAILS NOW– LIVE WITH THE SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS MOBILE NEWSROOM. (JP) THIS PACKAGE STORE — CLOSED ALL DAY LONG. WE’RE JUST OFF THE TOWN GREEN. MANY LOCALS STOPING BY, SADDENED BY WHAT LED TO THE ABRUPT CLOSURE. TAUNTON POLICE LEADING 18- YEAR-OLD BILLY MORRIS — ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING WITH A 17-YEAR-OLD TO ROB A CITY LIQUOR STORE LAST NIGHT. POLICE NOW SHOWING THE SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN THEY SAY MORRIS’ UNNAMED ACCOMPLICE USED TO SHOOT THE FEMALE OWNER OF EAGAN’S PACKAGE STORE ON COHANNET STREET. THE WOMAN — EXPECTED TO RECOVER. “SHE IS THE NICEST PERSON YOU’LL EVER MEET. IN A SMALL BUSINESS – SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID TO GO TO WORK.” CUSTOMERS — WRITING MESSAGES TO ALICE, NICKNAMED ‘SISTA,’ WHO OWNS THE STORE WITH HER HUSBAND AND RUNS THE REGISTER. POLICE SAY SHE STRUGGLED BEFORE THE GUNSHOT. “SHE HAD MULTIPLE HOLES ON HER LEFT SIDE AS A RESULT. SHE RECEIVED ONE BLAST AS SHE PULLED ON TO THE GUN.” CUSTOMERS — NOT SURPRISED BY THE FIGHT… “SHE’S A FEISTY LITTLE LADY. THIS IS HER LIVELIHOOD. SHE’S NOT GOING TO GIVE IT UP FOR ANYTHING.” PROSECUTORS SAY DETECTIVES FOUND EVIDENCE AT THE 17-YEAR-OLD JUVENILE’S HOME. “FOUND A SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN, AS WELL AS A BAG THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFIED AS MR. MORRIS WAS WEARING.” SHOES, ALSO… “THOSE TWO PAIRS OF SNEAKERS ARE DISTINCTIVE — ONE BEING GREEN, ONE BEING PINK. THOSE WERE THE SAME SNEAKERS THE ROBBERS WERE WEARING IN THE VIDEO.” MORRIS IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND BATTERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON, ARMED ROBBERY, AND CONSPIRACY. THE UNNAMED JUVENILE — CHARGED WITH EVEN MORE, INCLUDING ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICERS IN BOOKING… “HE STARTED TO SPIT AT PEOPLE, FLAILING HIS ARMS. HE STARTED TO GET AGGRESSIVE.” (JP) MORRIS’ ATTORNEY SAYS THERE’S MORE TO THE STORY, BUT DID NOT ELABORATE IN COURT. NEW AT 6 — WHAT LOYAL CUSTOMERS WANT TO DO NOW FOR A WOMAN LOVED BY MANY. LIVE IN TAUNTON WITH THE SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS MOBILE NEWSROOM, JARED PLINER, EYEWITNESS NEWS. (HE) TONIGHT, PEOPLE IN A TAUNTON NEIGHBORHOOD ARE WORKING TO HELP THE CO-OWNER OF A PACKAGE STORE, SHOT DURING A ROBBERY. IT WAS BREAKING LAST NIGHT AT TEN AND ELEVEN. (MM) WE WERE FIRST TO REPORT —-THE ARREST OF THE TWO TEENAGE SUSPECTS ON EYEWITNESS NEWS THIS MORNING. POLICE SAY THE TEENS WALKED INTO THE STORE LAST NIGHT — ARMED WITH THIS SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN. THE CO-OWNER, AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS “SISTAH” FOUGHT WITH THE SUSPECTS — AND THAT’S WHEN POLICE SAY ONE OF THE TEENS PULLED THE TRIGGER. (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER JARED PLINER JOINS US LIVE FROM TAUNTON WITH THE SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS MOBILE NEWSROOM. (JP) People here wanting to raise money to help with the impact of having a business not doing business right now — and to help with this woman’s recovery. ” Horror.” Customers of Eagan’s Package Store in Taunton — saddened and enraged a popular business owner was shot in a would-be armed robbery… “She is the nicest person you’ll ever meet.” Many messages tonight at Eagan’s to Alice, nicknamed ‘Sista,’ who runs the register and owns the store with her husband. Police — leading 18-year-old Billy Morris to a cruiser, Thursday. They say he and a 17-year-old barged in last night. The unnamed juvenile with a sawed-off shotgun. The owner fought back. “That’s when it discharged. And she was struck once. You can see on the video that she goes backwards significantly.” “This is her job. This is her livelihood. How dare somebody come in and try to take it away. Get a job yourself and work like she did. Fourteen hours a day in her store.” Police say they found the shotgun and unique sneakers, as seen on video, at the juvenile’s house. Tonight fundraising efforts for the woman friends say cares for everyone she meets. “We just want Alice to know that the city is behind her.” (JP) Billy Morris ordered held without bail. In the meantime, a donation drive is planned for Saturday from 11 to 3, at High and Spring Streets, not far from this store. JP EWN.

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