Monday, 14 October 2019 09:04

Customer Convicted of Killing Store Employee

Oct. 14, 2019 – A Memphis man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of an employee at a cell phone store in Whitehaven following an argument, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Damon Johnson, 24, remains in custody and will be sentenced Dec. 2 by Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward. He faces up to 25 years in prison without parole.
The incident occurred on May 15, 2017, when Johnson and several companions went to the store at 1722 Winchester near Millbranch in Whitehaven to check on a cell phone that was being repaired.
Johnson and his companions began arguing with the employee, Rashad Awwad, 24, resulting in one of the companions being asked to leave the store. Awwad told the group to return the next morning for the phone, and not to bring Johnson’s friend back with them.
The group left the store, but a short time later when Awwad stepped outside for a smoke, he was confronted by Johnson’s companion who had previously been told to leave the store. Witnesses said Johnson then pulled a gun and shot Awwad multiple times, killing him.
The medical examiner said the victim was shot four times in the back.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Glenda Adams and Holly Palmer.