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Million dollar bond for suspect in Stripes clerk's murder

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Officers outside the Stripes. (KRIS) Officers outside the Stripes. (KRIS)
Surveillance image of the suspect in the killing of a Stripes clerk. (Corpus Christi PD) Surveillance image of the suspect in the killing of a Stripes clerk. (Corpus Christi PD)
This surveillance photo shows the three suspects leaving the store. (KRIS) This surveillance photo shows the three suspects leaving the store. (KRIS)
James Elizalde is facing a capital murder charge for the death of a Stripes clerk. (Nueces County Sheriff's Office / KRIS) James Elizalde is facing a capital murder charge for the death of a Stripes clerk. (Nueces County Sheriff's Office / KRIS)
CORPUS CHRISTI -

The 22-year-old accused of killing a Stripes clerk was in court Monday morning on a charge of capital murder.

Meanwhile, detectives have not ruled out the possibility of charging the other two men with him at the time. They were released because authorities do not believe they are a threat to the community. Information on the case will be presented to the grand jury for review.

The clerk, 50-year-old Ignacio Rodriguez, was shot after 3am Sunday as he was working the Stripes at Carroll Lane and Staples. Customers at the store noticed three men run out of the shop and thought nothing of it until they noticed the clerk was hurt.

Officers came to check things out based on a 911 call from a witness who tried to save Rodriguez's life. 

Surveillance video from the store shows three men taking several items to the counter before the clerk was robbed as he opened the register.

That's when police say 22-year-old James Elizalde fired his pistol. All three of the men then ran from the store towards Carroll Lane.

Detectives and officers tracked down all three Sunday. Only Elizalde is facing charges. His bond is set at one million dollars.

According to the arrest affidavit for Elizalde, one of the men with him claims he was shocked when the clerk was shot. He told officers he had no idea the guy he was with had a gun. That same person positively identified Elizalde as the shooter. 

The third man said he was coming out of the restroom when the clerk was shot. He told cops he immediately ran out of the store.

The affidavit also states that the man who shot the clerk went to grab cash from the register, but changed his mind when the fatally wounded clerk turned back towards him. 

The store remains closed and cars are still at the pumps, just as they were at the time of the shooting. 

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