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Convenience store guard charged with 2nd degree murder

A convenience store security guard is facing serious charges after police say he shot a man at the store he was patrolling. A convenience store security guard is facing serious charges after police say he shot a man at the store he was patrolling.
Rodney Benton is the store security guard police arrested following the shooting. Rodney Benton is the store security guard police arrested following the shooting.
According to a police affidavit, Benton got into an argument inside the store with Terrell Kennell. According to a police affidavit, Benton got into an argument inside the store with Terrell Kennell.

(WMC-TV) – A convenience store security guard is facing some serious charges after police say he shot a man at the Dodge Store he was patrolling.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. at a Dodge Store on South Third Avenue.  Customers who visit the store often were shocked to hear about what happened.

"About the young man being shot I mean I think it was tragic that he was shot," stated store customer Laundria Moore.

Rodney Benton is the store security guard police arrested following the shooting.  According to a police affidavit regarding the case, Benton got into an argument inside the store with Terrell Kennell.

Witnesses say Kennell walked outside the store to the parking lot and that's when the shooting started.

A bullet hit Kennell in the head. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Investigators say they talked to Benton and found out that he is not licensed to carry a handgun in the state of Tennessee.

Customers we talked to say it's time for the community to take a deeper look into harm being done by gun violence.

"What can be done?" Moore asked.  "I don't know maybe more training, training people better.  I mean if we are going to have security guards out here, train them a little bit better on how to deal with situations," she added.

Investigators say it doesn't appear that the guard and the man knew each other.  They list anger as a motive for the shooting.

Rodney Benton is facing charges of criminal attempt 2nd degree murder, employing firearm with intent to commit a felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

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