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January 17, 2023

Gas station clerk killed during robbery in Northeast Philadelphia, police say

The victim, 67, was shot in the back, police say, before three masked robbers stole the store's cash register

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Deadly gas station shooting Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

The clerk at a gas station in Philadelphia was shot and killed during a robbery early Tuesday morning. Police say surveillance video shows three men forced their way behind the checkout counter and shot the man in the back before stealing the store's cash register.

A 67-year-old gas station clerk was shot and killed during a robbery early Tuesday morning in Tacony.

Surveillance video from the Exxon Station at 7150 Torresdale Ave. shows three masked men enter the store and get behind the checkout counter where they shot the worker, 6ABC reported. The robbery happened at about 4 a.m. and Philadelphia police said the clerk was found on the floor when officers arrived. He died at the scene.

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"He was laying on the floor, unresponsive; he appears to have been shot one time in the back," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told CBS3

Two of the suspects were wearing dark puffy jackets and the third had on a red jacket. After shooting the man, one of the suspects stole the cash register.

NBC10 reported, the clerk who was killed was known in the community, and he had just returned from visiting his family in India. Another person told 6ABC the victim had been too afraid to go outside for smoke breaks because of the threat of crime in the area.

"For many years, he would take a cigarette break out here, and he just completely stopped because he was too scared something like this would happen," they said. "We just had this conversation last week. And today, we're standing here, and now he's gone. It's just really heartbreaking."