SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police are investigating the death of a 7-Eleven clerk who detectives believe may have been killed during a possible robbery.
It happened in the early morning hours on 43rd Avenue near South Land Park Drive.
“He was very kind, very sweet, and he didn’t have to die like that,” said Kim Warren, who would see the clerk almost every day during her visits.
“He would say ‘Hi.’ Other than that, he was quiet and shy,” she continued.
Sacramento police said around 3 a.m., a customer entered the 7-Eleven and found the employee with a life-threatening injury.
He was rushed to the hospital but did not survive, according to police. He was later identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 31-year-old Gupreet Singh.
Officers said they believe he was wounded during a possible robbery, but the department is not saying exactly how he was hurt.
“Rob him, don’t kill him. He didn’t have to go out like that,” Warren said.
Meanwhile, Michael Bartholomew, the manager at the 76 Gas Station and Food Mart next door, said he did not hear any gunshots coming from next door.
Bartholomew added that police got surveillance video of the suspect vehicle leaving from his gas station.
“I didn’t know him very well; I think he’s only been with them a couple of months,” he told FOX40.
“I’m kind of torn about it,” Bartholomew continued. “You know, I mean I do this for a living, you know, but is it worth my life? No.”
The robbery next door does have Bartholomew worried about his overnight employees, especially since his store has already been robbed twice in four years.
“We’re going to refresh on procedures and stuff like that, and make sure they know what to do,” he explained. “Keep the drawer empty. If they come in, give them what they want, don’t argue. Just do what you’re told and, you know, be safe.”
But the violence did not shock some neighbors, including a man who said there have been issues at that 7-Eleven for years.
“It’s no surprise,” he said. “All sorts of confrontations are occurring; there’s cars all out here on the street because the parking lot is overflowed. There’s people openly drinking in the parking lot.”
The man, who did not want his name made public, said he believes police should patrol the area. He added that the 7-Eleven should close down overnight and stop selling alcohol.
“If they weren’t selling alcohol, probably 80% of that problem would be gone,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sacramento Police Department dispatch center at 916-808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357.