WARRANT: Suspect in fatal Market Street shooting claims COVID-19 symptoms, did not know his victim

1 killed in shooting outside grocery store

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock Police were called to the Market Street at 19th and Quaker just after 6 a.m. Sunday to reports of shots fired.

One person is dead and another in custody after a shooting at Market Street on 19th and Quaker.
One person is dead and another in custody after a shooting at Market Street on 19th and Quaker. (Source: KCBD NewsChannel 11)

When police arrived on the scene, officers found 44-year-old Jason Holloway had been shot. He was taken to University Medical Center and pronounced deceased.

Based on the initial investigation, 34-year-old Robert Baker was waiting in the parking lot and shot Holloway as he exited the store. Baker fled the scene to the United Express gas station and shot at the building. Baker then fled in his vehicle and drove to Covenant Medical Center where he shot at his vehicle. Baker then proceeded to enter Covenant Medical Center and attempt to check himself in for COVID-19 related symptoms.

Police spoke with Robert Baker, 34, and he claimed to be suffering from COVID-19 related symptoms and admitted to not knowing the victim in the shooting.

An off-duty LPD officer working security at Covenant Medical Center arrested Baker. He is currently in the Lubbock County Detention Center, charged with murder, held on $350,000 bond.

Police say the suspect left the United Express and additional shots fired were reported outside of Covenant Medical Center. Police say no one was injured.

Officials with Covenant Medical Center say one of the Emergency Room entrances was closed Sunday morning.

One entrance to the Covenant Medical Center Emergency room is closed after the fatal shooting at United Market Street at 19th and Quaker and shots fired at Covenant.
One entrance to the Covenant Medical Center Emergency room is closed after the fatal shooting at United Market Street at 19th and Quaker and shots fired at Covenant. (Source: KCBD NewsChannel 11)

Covenant Medical Center officials have released the following statement:

We are aware of the situation that unfolded outside Covenant Medical Center early this morning. Our patient care was not impacted, and all patients, caregivers, and visitors are safe. We appreciate the work of our law enforcement agencies and are cooperating with them as necessary.

Officials with the United Family released the following statement:

“The United Family is deeply concerned about events that unfolded outside our store at 19th and Quaker early this morning, and we express our sincere sympathy to those impacted. We are cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate this apparent random act. The fuel station remains closed but the grocery store is open.”

On Monday, officials with the United Family released a second statement:

The United Family is deeply saddened by the incident that took place at its Market Street location in the early morning of Sunday, November 9. As Lubbock Police have now released, the suspect apprehended in the incident is Robert Baker.

Baker was employed with The United Family from January 2011 until April of 2019. He left the company on good terms for another opportunity in the community.

At this time, the United Family has no other information beyond what has been released by the Lubbock Police Department. We are thankful for the support and work of Lubbock law enforcement.

We are praying for all of those who have been impacted by this tragic event.

The fuel station at the grocery store is closed, but the grocery store is open.

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