TAUNTON, Mass. — It did not take long for Taunton police to track down two suspects believed to be involved in Wednesday night’s violent attempted armed robbery at a liquor store.
A co-owner of the store was shot and is still in the hospital as of Thursday tonight and the suspects, one juvenile and an 18-year-old, faced a judge.
Eagan’s Package Store was closed following the incident. However, the front is now adorned with flowers, teddy bears, and “Get Well” posters for customers to sign for the victim who goes by Alice. They all knew her and loved her and they want her to know the city supports her.
If it was up to Sandra and Heather Ferris, the 17-year-old accused of shooting the beloved owner of Eagan’s Package Store would not be treated as a juvenile.
“I honestly believe he should be tried as an adult he was big enough to be here with a gun he's big enough to go to a big boy jail,” said Sandra Ferris.
They, along with dozens of other customers, are back at the closed liquor store one day after the shooting to leave encouraging messages for the woman they know as Alice.
“She treated everyone the same she'd make sure she said hi and tell you you're beautiful always had the biggest smile whether you’re homeless or rich she did the same for everyone she didn’t judge.”
Alice, formally known as Zhi Chen, was the sole clerk Wednesday night when police say the 17-year-old and 18-year-old Billy Morris, both of Taunton, walked in and tried to rob her.
Police say the juvenile poked her with a sawed off shotgun. Alice she grabbed it by the barrel, but a shot went off and hit her.
According to a police report, she had major flesh wounds on her left rib, a severed thumb, and cuts on her face. She was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.
Police say the two suspects ran off, but were tracked down the Thursday morning.
Back at Eagan’s, customers like Sandra and Heather Ferris want to help in Alice’s recovery, so they are hosting a donation event this Saturday.
“We don’t want these young teenagers to think they can push them out.
In court, Morris was held without bail.
As far as the 17-year-old juvenile, he faced multiple charges including Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon, Assault to murder, Robbery, Armed and Masked, Possession of a loaded sawed off shotgun, Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and four counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.
Police say shoes helped them tie the suspects to the scene. When they went to the juvenile’s house, they saw two distinct pairs of sneakers on his bedroom floor: One green and one pink that were seen on the suspects in surveillance video.