Gas station clerk shot, killed in MesaPosted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. -- Investigators with the Mesa Police Dept. are looking for help catching the person who shot and killed a gas station clerk late Friday night.
It happened at the Valero gas station near Broadway and Gilbert Roads at around 11 p.m.
Police responded to the convenience store after receiving a 911 call from a customer who was in the store when the shooting happened. That customer was at the back of the store and did not see the shooting, but he heard the commotion, said Detective Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the store clerk who had been shot. He was taken to a local hospital where he died. Police have not released his name.
"He's a very great guy. He's a dad. He's very into his work, loves what he does," said Kimberly Laneviloe, who knew the clerk. "[He was] a very nice guy, but he just didn't put up with anybody's stuff."
"He's the kind of person, he doesn't put up with nothing," agreed Dennis Daege, who regularly buys cigarettes at the convenience store. "He'll tell you how the cookie crumbles. ... If you did wrong, he'd let you know."
Both Laneviloe and Daege believe it's possible that the shooter deliberately targeted the store clerk.
"I think they were just out to get him because he's very straightforward -- with everything," Laneviloe said.
"He was so straight out, I knew somebody might try to get revenge on him," Daege said.
Detectives have not determined if the clerk was, in fact, targeted. They are still trying to piece together the events leading up to the shooting, but they do have a suspect for whom they are looking.
That suspect is described as a black male in his 20s. He has a medium build and was wearing a light-colored baseball cap with a dark colored bill. He was wearing a dark colored long-sleeved gray shirt and light colored pants with black shoes.
Police have released a surveillance image from the store showing the man they suspect shot the clerk.
"Right now our information is pretty slim," Berry said. "We're hoping that someone from the neighboring community here might be able to help us out."
Police consider this man to be armed and dangerous and said that he should not be approached.
If anyone has information about this shooting, they are advised to call Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S.