HOUSTON A Humble-area gas station clerk was fatally shot when several masked robbers men stormed a Phillips 66 Sunday night, police said.
The Houston Police Department responded to reports of a robbery shortly before midnight on Highway 59 just north of Beltway 8-North.
Customers said three or four people wearing masks came into the store with guns. They tried to rob the place, shooting and killing the clerk behind the counter.
Relatives said 58-year-old Satish Patel was surprised and had no time to reach for a weapon. The brutal shooting was caught on surveillance camera.
We have mag lock doors. We actually changed it in March and he just plum didn t do it, had he done it (he) would still be with us today, said the victim s cousin, Anand Patel.
The video shows one killer jump the counter to attack Satish and then fire relentlessly.
The new locks were installed because of a previous attack. HPD officers said the same store was robbed in March. In that incident, a store worker returned fire on the suspects.
If he activates the mag lock it will let him pick and chose the customer he wants to let him. He did not have that upper hand this time, Patel said.
The killers fled in a four-door silver or gray Dodge pickup and dumped the truck nearby. Police recovered it and found blood in it.
It appears one of the suspects was injured during the altercation, said HPD Sgt. Thomas Simmons.
Police believe the gunmen accidentally shot one of their own during the melee. They hope the wounded crook will show up at an area hospital.
Meanwhile Satish s family struggles to stay strong.
It s gonna take a long time. It s taken a lot out of us, said Patel as he fought back tears.
Satish Patel leaves behind a wife and two sons in India. He helped support them with his night clerk s pay check. Family members are working on getting them to Houston.