CENTURY, Fla. (WALA) - A 74-year-old store owner was shot and killed behind his own counter on Tuesday.It happened at the O'Yes lotto store in northern Escambia county Florida.
Two men were arrested and charged for the crime.
Literally yards from the Alabama state line, the O'Yes lotto store is a popular local pit stop, not only for its merchandise, but also for its generous owner, Tommy Kroll.
Kroll's son Jerry said, "(My father) lent them money, never asked them to pay it back. Most of the time they didn't. He didn't care. It wasn't about the money, he enjoyed what he was doin."
And sadly, that's where Kroll died.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office said early Tuesday afternoon, Malcolm McGhee and Brent Lambeth wore ski masks tried to rob Kroll.
Deputies said the two men had purchased spice there earlier and they were intending to rob the store of more spice.
The deputies then said after an exchange of gunfire, Kroll was killed.
Folks throughout this community are crushed.
Frequent shopper Craig Johnson said, "Whoever done this to him, as long as there's a God in heaven, they'll get what they deserve."
Jerry Kroll said, "He tried to help those people out there as much as he could, and he just didn't deserve what he got."
The two men fled after the shooting.
"Was the drugs they were doin that important to them? To take somebody's life?" asked Kroll.
It's a loss that not only devastated a family, but a whole community.
McGhee was arrested Wednesday morning in Escambia County, Ala., and he is awaiting extradition to Florida.
Lambeth was arrested Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area on Sandy Hollow Lane in Century.
He is being held at the Escambia County Jail on no bond.
Both McGhee and Lambeth are being charged with Murder and Robbery with a Firearm.
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