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Suspect charged with murder in death of man found outside convenience store

Brandon M. Kraatz (Source: LMDC) Brandon M. Kraatz (Source: LMDC)
The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. Monday. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. Monday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New video shows the moment when a man was shot while sitting in his car at a convenience store in the 6000 block of Blevins Gap Road Monday night.

At first, the suspect seems like a regular customer looking for the clerk. But police said once inside Brandon Kraatz, 20, had something else on his mind other than buying beer.

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"I seen all the cop cars out here and I didn't know what the heck was going on," Karl Vissers said.

Vissers shops at the store frequently.

He described the aftermath which included police lights, crime tape and David House, 58, hit in his car by a single bullet.

"The video is our witness," Louisville Metro Police Department Homicide Commander Lt. Emily McKinley said.

When Kraatz leaves the store, the video shows House ask "Levi right?"

"Levi who?" Kraatz answered. What they said to each other after that can't be understood.

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The tape then shows the shooter grab his gun, fire at House then leave in a car. House died shortly after the shooting at the University of Louisville Hospital's emergency room.

"Scared because you don't know who to watch out for," Vissers said.

Police staked out the area for hours looking for Kraatz. On the second day, they spotted him at a gas station a few blocks away.

The evidence then started piling up.

"The clothing that's seen in the video we recovered that. We've recovered the weapon, we've been able to recover the debit card that's been used," McKinley said.

She also confirmed Kraatz confessed to the shooting.

What's still not clear is why. No connection has been made between the two men so far.

Vissers mother used to walk to the store all the time, but not anymore.

"I'm not going to let her do that. I'm too scared for her safety," Vissers said.

Kraatz was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections at 5:05 a.m. Thursday and charged with murder. 

Kraatz's father said he hadn't yet spoken to his son, but that his heart went out to the victim's family.

Kraatz is being held on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning.

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