Darious Fitzpatrick, 17, was the wrong place at the wrong time: Rather than working for income, the black thug was robbing the store where Schaffer worked.
The robber told police that he shot Schaffer with the intent to kill him.
During the late-night robbery Fitzpatrick and a companion forced Schaffer to open the cash register. Even though Schaffer was fully compliant, the teen shot him in the chest.
Schaffer was on the phone with his manager at the time of the robbery. The manager hung up and called police.
A 17-year-old arrested for a deadly shooting that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Papa John's employee admitted to the shooting when questioned by investigators, police said Thursday.
Darious Fitzpatrick told police he shot Gordon Schaffer “to kill him” following his arrest Wednesday. He is charged with first degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.
Schaffer was shot just before 10 p.m. Monday at the Papa John's at 1902 Shady Brook St. in Columbia, approximately 50 miles south of Nashville.
Police said Schaffer was hit once in the chest but was conscious and able to tell responding officers he was robbed by two black males. He later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Schaffer was the only one inside the Papa John's when the robbery happened. Police said he was on the phone with his manager who heard the robbery through the phone, hung up and called police.
Police said Fitzpatrick and his accomplice had Schaffer open the cash register and, even though he complied their demands, ultimately shot him.
When asked during questioning why he shot him, Fitzpatrick replied, “He wouldn't give me more money or my money."
When asked if he shot him to scare him, he stated, "I shot him to kill him.”
Prosecutors want to try Fitzpatrick as an adult. He is being held at the Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Facility without bond but could be moved to an adult facility later depending on a judge's ruling.
Authorities stress the investigation is ongoing. They are still looking for the second suspect who entered the restaurant with Fitzpatrick.
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