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Woman arrested in connection with auto parts store employee's murder released

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Nov 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-05 08:51:37-05

A woman was taken into custody in connection with the murder of an employee at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Detroit has been released.

Police say they have determined that the 23-year-old woman is not a suspect in the case.

On Wednesday night, two women walked into the store and casually shopped, then went behind the counter and demanded cash from the female clerk.  

Police said a manager, 70-year-old James Haller Jr., came up to see what was going on and that’s when one of the women fired a shot and hit him.

The first suspect is described as an African American woman, believed to be between 25 and 35-years-old, with a medium brown complexion, standing 5'8", with a heavy build and long curly hair, wearing a blue jean jacket with a distinctive design on the front, a white shirt and red or burgundy colored pants and armed with a weapon.

The second suspect is described as an African American woman, believed to be between 25 and 35-years-old, with a medium brown complexion, standing 5'7", wearing a black jacket with fur trim around the hood of the collar and dark colored jeans.

They were seen leaving the scene in an older model burgundy Chevy Suburban with a broken rear right window that was covered by clear plastic duct taped to the vehicle. The license plate number is not known.  

The getaway car has not been recovered.