I'll go out on a limb and assume Taquanda isn't white with a Peruvian mother.
Store owner shoots teen in self-defense, killing him
TAMPA, Fla. - Taquanda Baker doesn't remember the suspect saying anything. She just remembers seeing his gun.
"I was standing here," she said, pointing to a spot near her cash register. "As I saw him coming, he already had the gun up."
Baker pulled her gun out of her pocket, misfiring a shot into the wall, then aimed and shot again.
"He stumbled about 3 feet back, hit the floor, and I shot out the door," she recalls.
Baker ran outside her convenience store to Armenia Avenue and flagged down a TPD cruiser.
"I was like, 'I just shot somebody. Help me! Help me! Help me!"
While paramedics raced the suspect to the hospital, police put Baker in handcuffs and in the backseat of a patrol car.
She told them she not only knew the person she shot -- she knew he was only 16.
"I used to tease with him, 'Why aren't you in school today?'" Baker explained.
Baker calls Quintavius Moore a regular customer, who shopped in her store several times a day.
He'd buy shirts or candy, sometimes he even brought kids in.
Moore's grandmother, Delores Wesley, wouldn't comment on her grandson's death, but asked ABC Action News to relay a message to other teens.
"Stay in school," Wesley said. "Put God in your life."
Knowing she killed Moore, even in self-defense, makes Baker sick.
"It's a feeling in the inside. I can't explain it," Baker said. "It's like my heart's broken."
Baker bought the gun when she opened her store a couple years ago. She puts it in her pocket first thing every morning. She keeps it concealed, so she's not sure more even knew she had a gun, especially since this was the first time she's ever had to use it.
"With $30 in the register, so if he was lucky enough to get the money, it would've just been $30," Baker said. "That's nothing. It's not worth your life."