Woman charged in fatal Gibsonville shooting

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Takila Valencia Morris

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A woman accused of shooting and killing a convenience store owner in Gibsonville last month has been arrested and charged.

Takila Valencia Morris, 30, is accused of fatally shooting 61-year-old Paresh Shah on July 20 at Ken’s Quickie Mart at 305 West Main St.

Police said the suspect was arrested Friday at her boyfriend’s apartment in Greensboro.

The suspect has been charged with first degree murder and attempted armed robbery and authorities said further charges may be pending. Morris is being held in jail without bond.

Morris allegedly entered the store about 20 minutes before closing, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

Police said the victim fought back and was shot once inside the business. The victim then went outside and tried to keep the suspect in the store by holding the doors closed, police said.

The suspect made it outside and fired a fatal shot at the victim, who died in front of his store, officials said.

Police said the victim had just bought the store two weeks prior to being fatally shot and had recently installed surveillance cameras, which captured images of the suspect.

Officials said two of Gibsonville’s 14 police officers were on duty that night and responded within minutes, but did not see the suspect.

Community members said they were shocked by the crime and had good things to say about the victim.

The suspect’s mother, Alfreda Morris, told the Burlington Times-News her daughter did not commit the crime because she was at home drunk at the time.

The suspect has served time in prison and has previous convictions including child abuse and drug possession, according to online prison records.