The fatal shooting of a 24-year-old mother has people everywhere mourning her disturbing death. According to News4Jax, Sahara Barkley had stopped at a BP gas station in Riverside, Florida when she was robbed by two unidentified assailants who stole her car.
Gas Station Run Gone Terribly Wrong:
Barkley reportedly ran into the store to grab a pack of cigarettes but left her car running. On her way back out of the store, she was approached by a couple driving a rented Chevrolet Impala. In a matter of seconds, the situation took a disturbing turn for the worse. She saw the man jump in her car and drive away. So, she confronted the woman he was with as she attempted to drive off in the rental vehicle. That’s when the woman reportedly pulled a gun and shot Barkley.
Almost immediately after the shooting, Nyla Garner, a gas station attendant, ran to help Barkley as she suffered from gunshot wounds. Garner graphically described her disheartening interaction with Barkley as she fought for her life. “I am not going to let somebody die on my watch if I can do something about it,” Garner said. “She was saying, ‘Please don’t let me die. I have a baby.'”
Sadly, Sahara Barkley was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
A Devastated Family:
Needless to say, Barkley’s family is devastated over her untimely death. The young mother leaves behind a 1-year-old son. During an interview with News4Jax, her mother Rozella Brooks-White shared her heartbreaking reaction to the fatal shooting. “She was my baby girl,” Brooks-White, Barkley’s mother, said. “It was unreal. I had just seen my daughter earlier that night,” she said.
The couple involved in the shooting remains at large as investigators use the store’s surveillance footage to identify the suspects involved. Police are hoping to speak with a woman who was seen inside the store at the time of the shooting as she may have information about what occurred. The Jacksonville Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).