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4 charged with homicide in killing of gas station clerk

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(Left to right, top to bottom)  Tyler Bradshaw, Christian Conway, Brandon Mathna and Shante Rice (Left to right, top to bottom) Tyler Bradshaw, Christian Conway, Brandon Mathna and Shante Rice
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police in Cumberland County have made four arrests in the shooting death of a gas station clerk in Silver Spring Township.

During a news conference Tuesday morning township police identified the suspects as 20-year-old Christian Davon Conway, 19-year-olds Shante Bruce Rice and Tyler Mitchell Bradshaw, all of Mechanicsburg, and 17-year-old Brandon Richard Mathna, of Carlisle.

Each was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide, robbery and conspiracy and sent to Cumberland County Prison without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for November 28.

The clerk, 55-year-old Linda Ness, of Carlisle, was found dead by a customer Sunday night behind the counter of the Hess Express in the 7000 block of Carlisle Pike. An autopsy Tuesday indicated she died of a single gunshot wound to the neck and chest.

Investigators said Bradshaw was the shooter and that Mathna was in the store with him and acted as a lookout. Mathna has been charged as an adult.

Conway, according to police, acted as a scout prior to the robbery and was seen speaking to Ness on the store's surveillance video. Rice is the alleged driver and leader of the group.

Silver Spring Township Police Supervisor Richard Hammon said a tip led to the arrests.

"There is no doubt about it, the tip is what sent us into the warp speed," Hammon said. "Because they were locals and we dealt with them so much, I think we would have finally got to them, but it wouldn't have been this quickly. It would have been days or weeks if we wouldn't have gotten that tip."

Bradshaw and Rice were arrested 12 hours after the tip and confessed to the crime, police said. Hammon said that although Rice has a long history of breaking the law, he wasn't acting tough during his interview.

"I think terror, fear and remorse, all wrapped in one," Hammon said.

Authorities went to a girlfriend's home and recovered a .22 caliber handgun that is believed to be the weapon used in the killing. They still do not know why Ness, a mother of three boys, was shot. Police have said that no money was taken from the store.

"We believe that she was cooperating and for whatever happened it went sour and she ended up dead," Hammon said. "We have a lady that has lost her life permanently, and these kids have pretty much lost theirs permanently."

Police said the four are suspected of other crimes in Carlisle Borough and Lower Allen Township. Rice recently was charged with several crimes in Carlisle but had been out on bail.

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