Wellington gas station clerk shot, killed

WELLINGTON, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who shot and killed a Wellington gas station clerk early Friday morning. 

The shooting happened during an armed robbery at a Chevron gas station located at the corner of Forest Hill and South Shore boulevards around 1:15 a.m., according to deputies.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff Office identified him as 22-year-old Shihab Mahmud.The store owner referred to him as Shihab Mac and said this was his first week on the job. Some of his friends called him Shihab Ace. 

They say the victim was from Bangladesh and attended school at Palm Beach State. "He came to America was going to school and working part time with a lot of hopes," said Mohammad Nayeem.

“He is a really, really nice guy. He is 21 or 22. He was going to school. He loved this country. I was like ‘oh you left Bangladesh for America’ and he said ‘yeah it is beautiful here,’ “ said friend Cresse Griffin.

Shihab was so friendly and popular at the Chevron where he worked that even the Wellington deputies knew him by name.

The store's owner said the crime was captured on surveillance video. It was released by the sheriff's office Friday afternoon.

Investigators said the shooter wore black clothes and a hooded sweatshirt and may have been wearing a black baseball hat with T C C in blue letters. There is no information on a getaway vehicle.

About a half mile from the scene detectives roped off a park on Forest Hill Boulevard as they looked for clues.

Authorities are looking for help from the public.

Anyone who may have seen the shooting or been in the area of the crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

 

NewsChannel 5's Brian Entin and the wptv.com web team contributed to this report.

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