Police hope surveillance video will lead to young store clerk's killer - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Police hope surveillance video will lead to young store clerk's killer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Homicide investigators have released surveillance footage of the suspect who opened fire inside a Beltline area convenience store Saturday afternoon, killing a store clerk.
    
A clear view of the suspect's face was captured on video, and police are hoping someone in the community will come forward to identify him.

The suspect shot 19-year-old Mohamed Nagi Ahmed Al Hadi twice at Food Town, on the corner of Buntyn and Midland near the Fairgrounds.    
    
The video shows Al Hadi helping customers just moments before the shooting. Then the gunman walks in.

"He went to the window and take the gun, and tell me, 'I need the money,'" said Ebedhllwh Obid, the victim's cousin and co-worker. "I tell him, 'Okay, go ahead. I don't want nobody hurt.'"

Despite Obid's cooperation, the gunman turned around and shot Al Hadi twice. The victim ran outside to seek help, but he collapsed on the ground.
    
Obid says the gunman shot at him, but missed.
    
The video shows the suspect going behind the counter and pressing a gun to Obid's back.

"I tell him, 'Okay, come get the money.' He tell me, 'Get down. Don't move...if you move, I'll shoot you," said Obid.
    
Obid opened the cash register drawer and the suspect made off with about $200 dollars.

The suspect wasn't deterred by the surveillance system in plain view, capturing his every move.

Police say he was driving a white, full-sized work van with a ladder rack and two ladders attached to the roof.

"I want to ask him why he shoot the boy. Why?" said Obid.
    
Obid says his cousin, a Central High School graduate, was a happy and humorous young man. He was working at the store to save money for college.

Just hours after the Food Town shooting, another store clerk was shot about a mile away at Uptown Market, in the 2800 block of Park Avenue.

The victim was working inside the store when an armed man entered and demanded money.

When officers arrived, they found the 47-year-old clerk suffering from a gunshot wound.
    
He later died at an area hospital.

A co-worker called the shooting senseless.

"No reason. Just 80 bucks that's all he get," said Uptown Market co-worker Omar Al Omar. "And he got an old man, and a family back in Jackson Tennessee. I don't know why he just killed him."

Police are working to develop a description of the gunman.
    
The market owner said the suspect did not appear to be the same man wanted in the Food Town shooting. 

Police say there's no evidence to connect the two crimes.
     
If you know anything about these murders, Memphis police urge you to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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