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Slain Glendale convenience store worker worked to care for autistic son

A Glendale police car sits in the parking lot of an ampm store after a deadly shooting. (Source: CBS 5 News) A Glendale police car sits in the parking lot of an ampm store after a deadly shooting. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Scott White and his wife Josie (Source: Family photo) Scott White and his wife Josie (Source: Family photo)
(Source: Family photo) (Source: Family photo)
Scott White (Source: Family photo) Scott White (Source: Family photo)

The convenience store employee who was shot to death by a customer early Monday morning in Glendale was working nights so he and his wife could better care for their autistic son, the slain man's brother said.

Scott White, 26, of Glendale, a worker at the ampm store at 99th and Glendale avenues, was shot and killed about 1:45 a.m., said Officer Tracey Breeden of the Glendale Police Department.

White's brother, Robert White, said his brother worked the night shift at the store so his wife could work days while he cared for their 3 1/2-year-old autistic son.

Glendale police said Tuesday they are confident that a man who was shot and killed by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers on U.S. Highway 60 later that morning is believed to have killed Scott White.

Andrew Rael is believed to have put gasoline in a stolen Jaguar sedan, went into the store, came out, drove his vehicle to the front of the store and confronted Scott White, who was standing outside the business smoking a cigarette.

Witnesses heard Scott White asking the suspect to leave the property shortly before the suspect produced a gun and shot Scott White several times, killing him, police said.  

The motive for the shooting is still not clear.

Robert White said the shooting was captured on the store's surveillance video and showed the man believed to be Rael give the victim $25 and then approach Scott White when he went outside for a cigarette.

"He raised a gun at my brother's chest," Robert White said. "They talked. He lowered it. They talked more. He raised it and shot him in the chest. Then he fell down and he walked over and shot him two more times. Then he whispered something in his ear and drove off." 

Robert White said his brother had no life insurance and that his employer did not offer benefits. However, he said a fund has been set up for donations to help Scott White's wife and son:

Daniel Scott White Donation Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
Account No. 6309706304

A Daniel Scott White Donation Fund Facebook page has also been created.

Rael matched the description of the suspect: white, average height, 180 to 200 pounds and wearing dark clothing.

Glendale police detectives said they do not have information that leads them to believe there are any additional suspects in the homicide case other than Rael.

Rael is also suspected of shooting Michael Psalidas to death Sunday at a Buckeye auto shop, where Rael is believed to have strapped the Jaguar to the top of Psalidas' tow truck and drove off.

Buckeye police said the tow truck's GPS led them to a home in Goodyear, but Rael was not there.

Rael then led Buckeye police and DPS officers on a chase that ended when Rael's car's tires were punctured and he fired on officers. The returned fire and killed Rael.

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Officers said no firm confirmation of a connection to this case can be made until all the evidence and forensics have been analyzed.

Stay with and CBS 5 News as this story develops.

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