Round Rock gas station murder suspect driven to jail by his mother

The victim, John Lawrence Ammon, left, and the suspect, Kendrick Newman.
The victim, John Lawrence Ammon, left, and the suspect, Kendrick Newman.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The suspect charged with shooting a man to death outside a Round Rock gas station on Wednesday was driven to the sheriff’s office by his mother after the shooting.

Police say the shooting happened at the Wag-A-Bag convenience store located at 1490 E. Old Settlers Blvd. around 9:20 p.m. Officers originally responded to multiple calls of shots fired. When they arrived, 43-year-old John Lawrence Ammon of Round Rock was found dead in the parking lot.

A witness told officers that Kendrick Newman, 40, got into an altercation with Ammon inside the Wag-A-Bag that continued outside. Police say Newman pulled out a handgun and shot Ammon multiple times, before riding away on a bicycle.

His mother later drove him to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in. She told deputies her son confessed to shooting Ammon. Newman, who is is from Round Rock, has been charged with murder and is being held in the Williamson County Jail. Police say they have also identified Newman in surveillance video and photos as the man who shot Ammon.

According to investigators, this was an isolated incident and that there was no threat to the public.

The victim, John Lawrence Ammon, left, and the suspect, Kendrick Newman.
The victim, John Lawrence Ammon, left, and the suspect, Kendrick Newman.

Neighbors in the area heard the gunshots ring out. “All of a sudden, I hear six pops and I looked at my mom and said, ‘Mom, that’s gunshots,'” said Sara Steudle.

Steudle has lived in Round Rock for two years and says she’s always felt very safe and this type of thing just doesn’t happen here. “I’ve never heard that, never. And I was shocked when it happened. It scared me but you know, you don’t hear gunshots here. I barely hear sirens honestly.”

Jenna Russell lives just down the street, she was one of the first to call 911. Now, she’s reconsidering the safety of the neighborhood.

“I think before we probably would have felt safe going to the gas station late at night. Now I’m rethinking that, do I want to be walking late at night by myself? Do I want to be going to the gas station late at night?” Russell said.

According to FBI UCR data, in 2015, Round Rock had one murder. In the first half of 2016, there were zero murders reported in the city.

Police believe there are more witnesses to this incident who have not come forward. As Detectives continue to investigate this Murder, if you have any information — call Round Rock Police at 512-218-5500.

The shooting scene at the Wag-a-Bag at 1490 E. Old Settlers Blvd. in Round Rock on Feb. 8, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
The shooting scene at the Wag-a-Bag at 1490 E. Old Settlers Blvd. in Round Rock on Feb. 8, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)

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