Sixteen-year-old Isiah Haggins Jr. entered Step-N-Style Monday morning with another teen, intending to rob the place. One of the teens brandished a gun, but the owner was armed as well and shot Haggins.
Haggins was pronounced dead at the scene and the second teen, who has yet to be identified, is still at large.
The family has not been allowed to see the Haggins’ body. However, the coroner confirmed on Wednesday that his death was ruled a homicide and that he died from injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds.
The teen’s distraught family says authorities have provided them with no answers and very little information.
“I want answers,” said Isiah Haggins Sr., the teen’s father. “And I want the truth.”
The incident was captured on the store’s video surveillance system but that video has not yet been released. Nonetheless, the family wants to see the footage.
Kay Haggins, the teen’s grandmother, wants proof that he posed a threat sufficient enough for the store owner to use deadly force.
“I want to know what happened, where he was shot,” she said. “Was it self-defense? Because it’s their word and he’s not here to speak for himself. We don’t know. We are just going by what (the store owner) said. I just want to know how my grandchild died.”
According to the teen’s father, he had average problems experienced by most teens, but armed robbery was just not something in his nature. The family believes that the teen was pressured into participating in the robbery.