Shreveport store clerk shot for no reason, co-workers say

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A store clerk who, according to witnesses, never had a chance to resist an armed robber's demands, is in a Shreveport hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Amin Gobah, 27, was shot at the Stop and Shop on Hollywood Avenue just after 3 a. m. Tuesday.

Police say Gobah was one of two clerks in the store when a man with a gun approached them and demanded money.

Co-workers and family members told KSLA News 12 Gobah was attempting to comply when the gunman shot him in the stomach.

"(The robber) asked him to put his hands up.  He put his hands up and he just instantly shot him," said Simon Hassan, Gobah's cousin and co-worker.

Police say the gunman then turned to the other clerk and ordered him to turn over money from the register.  He was last seen running from the store.

"At this point, we don't know why he did it, only that he did do it," said Capt. Jimmy Baker with the Shreveport Police Dept. 

Baker said detectives are still looking into the case, following leads and carefully watching a surveillance tape from the store.  He said they consider the suspect to be dangerous and unpredictable.

"That's why we're actively pursuing this because we really want to get our hands on this guy if we can," Baker said.

Both police and Gobah's family believe this was a crime of opportunity, one where the gunman took advantage of a quiet and dreary night.

In fact, a co-worker said the staff usually keeps the store's door locked during overnight hours and conducts business through a walk-up window.

However, because of the rain, he said he and Gobah decided to leave the door open, allowing customers a way to stay dry.

It's a decision that could have cost Gobah his life.  At last check, he was listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at LSU hospital.