An 11-year-old joined his three brothers in a holdup that left one brother dead, another wounded and on the run and the other two charged with murder, police said. Timothy Scott, 18, was fatally shot by storekeeper Betty Jones after the four brothers robbed Annie's Food Store about noon Tuesday, police said.
Robert Scott, 23, and an 11-year-old brother whose name hasn't been released were in jail Wednesday, charged with felony murder in their brother's death.
The fourth brother, El Cid Scott, 20, was still at large Wednesday, police said. Officers said they believe he was wounded.
When anyone is killed in Florida during the commission of a felony, others involved in the crime can be charged with murder.
Sgt. Steve Weintraub, a police spokesman, said the three older brothers had police records.
"The tragedy is that they dragged their 11-year-old brother into it," Weintraub said.
Cashier Claudette Jones told police that a young man came into the store Tuesday, looked around for a while and then left. Ms. Jones told Betty Jones, her sister-in-law and the store's owner, that the youth was acting suspicious, Weintraub said.
A few minutes later, the youth and three others returned. One pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, took the money out of the cash register and the four fled, Weintraub said.
Betty Jones grabbed a .45-caliber pistol and ran outside after them. As they sped away in a car, she fired several shots, one of which hit Timothy Scott, 18, who was driving, said Weintraub.
The car ran off the road and crashed into a house about a half block from the store.
Timothy Scott died en route to a hospital. Police later determined that the car had been stolen.
Robert Scott and the 11-year-old were arrested about 30 minutes later. Both were charged with armed robbery and murder, Weintraub said.