2nd woman sought in deadly shooting of Detroit auto parts store manager turns herself in

James Haller Jr. shot to death during robbery at O'Reilly Auto Parts store

Two women wanted in connection with a deadly shooting at Detroit auto parts store.

DETROIT - A second woman sought by Detroit police in connection with deadly shooting of an auto parts store manager turned herself into custody Monday.

Eboni Monae Mcewen-Ross, 28, is in police custody. 

James Haller, 69, was shot to death while working Nov. 1 at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store in the 168000 block of Schaefer in Detroit.

Police were searching for at least two suspects: Shawnta Sharee Anderson, 23, and Mcewen-Ross. Officials said Anderson is responsible for fatally shooting Haller during the robbery, which was caught on surveillance video.

James Haller Jr. was shot to death while working during a robbery Nov. 1, 2017 at an auto parts store in Detroit. (WDIV)

Anderson was taken into custody Nov. 6 and now faces charges including felony murder, two counts of armed robbery and three counts of felony firearm.

A man, now identified as Leviticus Butler, 38, of Detroit, also was taken into custody with Anderson. He is accused of helping Anderson escape police and is charged with accessory after the fact.

Leviticus Butler at his arraignment (WDIV)

Shawnta Anderson at her arraignment (WDIV)

Both Butler and Anderson were arraigned last week. Anderson is being held at the Wayne County Jail without bond. Butler is being held on $500,000 bond and will be required to wear a GPS tether if bond is posted.

"By all accounts Mr. Haller was a valued ex-Marine, employee, police reservist, husband, and father," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in a statement. "His death is heartbreaking. We will vigorously prosecute this case and do our very best to bring justice to Mr. Haller and his family."

What happened

James W. Haller Jr. was shot and killed during a robbery at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on Schaefer Highway. He was gunned down at about 5:30 p.m.

Shawnta Sharee Anderson

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Haller served as a Marine in the Vietnam War and was a retired assembly line worker at General Motors. He served with the Detroit Police Department as a reserve officer in the late 1970s. He was 69.

Surveillance video shows two women walking into the store and milling around before pulling out a gun and announcing a robbery.

The women were clearing out the cash register when Haller went to aide employees.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Anderson pointed a handgun at two cashiers and ordered them to the floor before fatally shooting Haller.  

"Anderson walked around the counter to the cash register, pointed the gun at the female cashier and ordered her to open the register," a statement from the Prosecutor's Office reads. "As Anderson walked from behind the counter, Mr. Haller came from the back of the store and said, 'Hey!' and she fired a single shot, striking him in the head. Anderson fled from the scene in a SUV."

Haller was rushed to a hospital where he died two hours later.

Surveillance video shows robbery, shooting

Surveillance video from inside O’Reilly Auto Parts shows the robbery in progress and the moment Haller was fatally shot.

Other customers are shown taking cover on the floor and in the corner.


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