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Employee killed in shooting at Lawrence Dollar Tree store identified

Posted at 2:03 PM, May 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-09 12:25:17-04

LAWRENCE — An adult woman died Monday afternoon after being shot inside a Dollar Tree store in Lawrence.

According to police, the 25-year-old victim is an employee at the store. The incident is believed to be isolated at this time.

The Marion County Coroner has identified the victim as Jasmine Bennett.

Lawrence Police Department Chief Gary Woodruff says a 21-year-old male suspect in in custody. The suspect is a former employee of the store.

"People need to find a better way to resolve conflict then resorting to deadly violence. The decision to resort to deadly violence is life-altering both ways," Chief Gary Woodruff said.

The suspect faces a preliminary charge of murder. WRTV will not name him until he is officially charged.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation. Lawrence Police ask that anyone with information reach out to the department.