Father of gas station employee shot during armed robbery speaks out

Updated: 05/29/2014 7:24 PM | Created: 05/29/2014 12:49 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The store owner who happens to be the clerk’s father speaks out. He says operating a convenience store is dangerous and his son was on the front line.

Joseph Hijazi came from Jordan back in 1965. He and his family run this store but they says...making a living in this business comes with a high risk.

He and his four sons operate the Valley Fil-Up Store on Candelaria and 12th.

He says they have grown accustomed to robberies, but none this violent.

“This time I don't know what went wrong,” Hijazi said, “He took the money I'm still shocked.”

Surveillance video shows a man in a gray hoodie go into the store.

He pulls a gun on 34-year-old Ramzi Hijazi.

The man shoots the clerk once in the leg, demands money from the cash register and then takes off.

Ramzi's father says his son recognized the man. He says the robber was a regular customer. The clerks are told to never fight back. No amount of cash is worth a life. “We give them the money,” Hijazi said, “he took all the money.”

The suspect was last seen on camera walking across the parking lot. Police say he's about 5'8 and 250 pounds. He has tattoos or scarring on his face.

Hijazi took over his son's shift while his son recovers in the hospital. He says luckily the injuries were non-life threatening but it could've been worse.

“It's very unusual broad daylight like this--somebody comes with a gun at you,” Hijazi said. Hijazi says he thinks the man who robbed his store may live in this area.

If you know who he is call CrimeStoppers at 505-843-STOP

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