US man arrested for killing Lankan

628x471A 19-year-old man in Beaumont in the US, charged in the April 28 fatal shooting death of a convenience store owner from Sri Lanka, has been arrested.

He was arrested after he showed up to the police department Tuesday evening accompanied by his mother, Officer Carol Riley said on Wednesday, according to

Chandler Kyle Ventress is charged with capital murder in the death of Metthananda Kuruppu, owner of the Pick-N-Shop store on Major Drive. Ventress is being held on a $2 million bond at the Jefferson County jail.

A video surveillance camera captured the images of two men wearing masks over their faces as they entered the convenience store around midnight April 28, pointing a pistol at Kuruppu, who was tallying the day’s receipts.

The police-provided portion of the video showed Kuruppu trying to bat away the robber’s pistol as Kuruppu activated an alarm.

Police said Kuruppu then grabbed a BB gun with which to defend himself, but the robber shot him in the chest, killing him.

Kuruppu, a 52-year-old native of Sri Lanka, bought the store two years ago. He had two daughters in college, 19 and 23, and a wife.

The second suspect is still at-large.

If convicted, both assailants could face the death penalty because they were committing an armed robbery, an aggravated felony, when the murder occurred.