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Injured Homeboys shooting victim knew slain 7-Eleven clerk; suspect's friends shocked

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Garland police have linked 7-Eleven murder suspect Colten Moore to another shooting at a nearby convenience store, and the victims in both shootings apparently knew each other.

Moore, 18, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with capital murder in the death of clerk Yosef Tulu.

The other shooting incident Moore is connected to occurred shortly before midnight on Jan. 16. There, a Homeboys clerk was shot twice while walking toward his car.

The clerk was able to get back inside the store and call for help. He survived the shooting and was recently released from the hospital, but does not want his identity released.

His lung was pierced when he was shot, but he's said to be doing much better.

The Homeboys gas station and store is across the street from the 7-Eleven where Tulu was killed, and the Homeboys clerk told FOX4 on Friday that he knew Tulu, and that the two would sometimes drink coffee together after work.

It's still unclear whether or not the victims knew Moore, though.

Police said Moore admitted to the Homeboys shooting during his interview with detectives, adding that they recovered two shell casings from that crime scene and believe they're from the same small-caliber rifle used in the 7-Eleven murder.

Police are prepared to file an additional charge of aggravated assault against Moore for the shooting.

Friends of Moore are still reeling after news of their classmate's arrest.

They remember Moore from their days hanging out in high school, and many of them have been passing around a cell phone video of Moore being silly, dancing.

"Everyone knew this kid," said one of Moore's high school classmates, Vanessa. "Everybody was friends with him."

Vanessa says she's rattled that she used to sit next to a man being called a killer.

"In his mug shot, he looked nonchalant," said Vanessa. "He didn't look scared. He looked blank, you know? And that's not the guy I knew. His life's pretty much over."

Moore was taken into custody without incident and has been cooperative, police said. His bond was set at $1 million. Moore was transferred to the Dallas County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

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