Gas station owner killed defending his employees and store from armed robber

- Houston police are hoping that newly released surveillance pictures will lead to the arrest of a man who gunned down a gas station store owner.

The 51-year-old lost his life trying to defend himself and his employees, during an attempted robbery. Investigators say a man entered the Raceway store on FM 1960 Saturday night, looked around for a few minutes before walking towards the register.

 The surveillance video shows the suspect in a red or pink cap, pulling out a gun and demanding money.

The clerk runs away to the back office, where they attempt to close the door, but the suspect forces his way inside. Investigators say the store owner has a gun and exchanged fire with the assailant.

 The suspect was long gone by the time police arrived.

 People left flowers, shell shocked the beloved owner is gone.  

“We talked to him on Friday, and he was excited about his daughter. He was happy. A calm,  happy guy.”

“We're a decent neighborhood. Not the best but not the worst. I can't believe it. I pulled up and I wouldn't expect it to happen here. But it can happen anywhere.”\

While losing his life, he may have saved the life of the clerk who escaped during the struggle.

The gunman is in his early 20s, 5'8", 130 to 140 pounds.

HPD and CrimeStoppers want to hear from you if you know anything.

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