2 teens in custody after fatal shooting of St. Augustine store clerk, high-speed chase

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — Two teenagers are in custody following a high-speed chase that began Tuesday afternoon with the fatal shooting of a St. Augustine convenience store clerk.

Police say a gunman wearing a blue hoodie and a bandana around his face entered the Tobacco and Beverage Express and shot the clerk in the head as customers and a vendor watched. Witnesses told police the shooter got into a waiting SUV that sped from the scene.

Authorities chased the vehicle through three counties, traveling at speeds up to 100 mph. About two hours later a Clay County Sheriff's deputy struck the rea of the vehicle, making the driver lose control and crash. Another deputy ordered the teens to surrender. The driver was taken from the vehicle without issue, but the passenger refused to unlock the door. Authorities then broke the window and he was arrested without further problem.

The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/1SbJsQB ) reports the teens were booked into the Clay County jail. It's not clear when they will appear in court.

Deputies say the Jeep had been stolen in Daytona Beach.

St. Augustine police spokesman Mark Samson says the teens had been causing problems in the city for several years.

The name of the victim hasn't been released. A makeshift memorial of flowers and other items has been set up outside the store. A vigil is planned there for Friday.

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