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2 arrested in connection with fatal shooting

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Alex Ross Photo In this file photo, Roswell police units sit parked outside the Allsup’s on South Sunset Avenue in Roswell Tuesday.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an employee at a Roswell convenience store.

Joseph Guadalupe Garcia, 16, and Michael L. Green, 21, both from Roswell, were charged and arrested Tuesday night on criminal counts related to the incident, according to a press release from the Roswell Police Department.

Garcia is charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of a handgun in connection with the fatal shooting of Michael Crabtree, 36.

Green faces one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to electronic court records, Green was scheduled to make his first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court at 12:30 p.m. today.

Crabtree was found shot multiple times in the parking lot of the Allsup’s convenience store at the corner of South Sunset Avenue and West Poe Street after police were dispatched to the store after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a fight.

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According to investigators, the shooting occurred after Crabtree accused one of two men of shoplifting while they were in the store.

A confrontation then ensued that culminated in Garcia, who was in a vehicle waiting for the two men, allegedly shooting Crabtree outside the store.

When police arrived at the scene, an officer performed CPR on Crabtree. Medics transported the victim to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Three individuals were found a short time later at separate locations within the city and detained. Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the RPD, confirmed Wednesday Garcia and Green were among the three men detained.

The third person, a 21-year-old male, was not named in the press release and is not facing criminal charges in the shooting.