Shoot­ing vic­tim listed de­tails of visit by sus­pect

Ma­jid Hem­masi’s notes led po­lice to man they ar­rested in his death.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Nolan Hicks nhicks@states­man.com

The gun­man made no de­mands. He said noth­ing. He just pointed the gun and be­gan to fire.

The ac­count given to po­lice by the sur­viv­ing vic­tim of a deadly shoot­ing last week in North Austin ap­peared in court pa­pers made avail­able Mon­day.

In an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit, the woman de­scribed the scene at the AAA Fire and Safety shop in the 6700 block of Guadalupe Street, where the store’s owner, Ma­jid Hem­masi, was shot to death just be­fore 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Author­i­ties also dis­closed in the doc­u­ment how they found their sus­pect, 41-year-old Sid­ney Parker, and ar­rested him af­ter a car chase that topped 100 mph. Parker was booked into the Travis County Jail on one count of mur­der and a sec­ond count of at­tempted mur­der with a com­bined bail set at $1.5 mil­lion.

Hem­masi’s death is the Austin po­lice’s 17th homi­cide case this year.

Of­fi­cers re­counted in the af­fi­davit how they ar­rived at the shop to find Hem­masi’s body next to a Ford pickup in the park­ing lot, and they de­scribed the trail of

blood in­side the build­ing from the sur­viv­ing vic­tim, who man­aged to come out­side when po­lice ar­rived. They noted the bul­let holes that dot­ted the build­ing and the spent shells that lit­tered the ground.

Po­lice of­fered one clue in the af­fi­davit about why they be­lieved “the cir­cum­stances of this shoot­ing sug­gest it to be a tar­geted at­tack.”

The shoot­ing came just days af­ter a man match­ing Parker’s de­scrip­tion showed up at the store af­ter hours July 21 and got into a fight with Hem­masi that would leave the slain man so dis­turbed he wrote down a de­scrip­tion of the man, the time, the date and the li­cense plate num­ber of the Nis­san Versa in which the man ar­rived, the af­fi­davit said.

Po­lice traced the li­cense plate num­ber to a car rental com­pany in Pflugerville that rented the car to a woman later iden­ti­fied as Parker’s girl­friend.

She also owned an Acura SUV that matched a ve­hi­cle seen in the store’s park­ing lot at the time of the shoot­ing, of­fi­cers re­ported in the af­fi­davit.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors soon be­gan sur­veil­lance of the Pflugerville home shared by Parker and his girl­friend, im­pounded the SUV and took Parker’s girl­friend in for ques­tion­ing, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. While in cus­tody, she texted Parker that she was with po­lice.

Po­lice of­fi­cers who were watch­ing Parker’s town­house saw him run shirt­less into his car, a rented Hyundai, and drive away, the af­fi­davit said.

Of­fi­cers chased Parker, who reached speeds of 100 mph as he headed north on In­ter­state 35, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety troop­ers joined in the pur­suit and even­tu­ally pulled Parker over near Belton on FM 436 — nearly 50 miles away, author­i­ties said in the af­fi­davit.

Dur­ing a search of the Hyundai, de­tec­tives found a Bush­mas­ter ri­fle in the trunk with am­mu­ni­tion in the mag­a­zine that was sim­i­lar to the shell cas­ings found at the scene of the shoot­ing, the af­fi­davit said.

In an in­ter­view with po­lice, a de­tec­tive asked Parker if it was cor­rect to say that his girl­friend had no knowl­edge of him shoot­ing and killing Hem­masi. Parker replied, “Yes, that’s cor­rect,” the af­fi­davit said.

The de­tec­tive then asked Parker if he meant to shoot the sec­ond vic­tim, who sur­vived. “I hit her?” Parker asked. The de­tec­tive asked again if it was an ac­ci­dent. Parker re­sponded, “I guess.”

Parker

NICK WAG­NER / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

An Austin po­lice of­fi­cer works the scene of a shoot­ing Wed­nes­day in the 6700 block of Guadalupe Street that left a store owner dead and another per­son in­jured. A sus­pect was ar­rested.

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