CRIME
09/30/2013 08:56 am ET

Rodney Duve Shot Gang Member Who Stole Beer, Faces Murder Charges: Police

A Corpus Christi, Texas, store owner faces murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a man for stealing two cases of beer.

Rodney Duve, 51, shot a 39-year-old "known gang member" on Saturday night as the suspect fled Duve's Quick Stop with the stolen beer, according to NBC affiliate KRIS-TV.

A man who lives across the street from the convenience store was shocked by the incident.

"He didn't have to shoot the person for two cases of beer. A life doesn't equal two cases of beer," the neighbor, who declined to be identified, told the station. However, another neighbor said he might have done the same thing in Duve's situation.

The Associated Press reported that the suspect was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, where he later died. Duve was held on $35,000 bond on Sunday.

Earlier this month, a Missouri liquor store clerk stopped a robbery when he pulled a handgun on a would-be thief. Video of the incident went viral.

In August, a Chicago man was arrested and charged with murder after shooting two friends and pistol-whipping another man in an argument over beer.

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