Surveillance image released of suspect sought in connection with shooting of gas station clerk

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A violent morning in Indianapolis leaves one gas station clerk fighting for his life.

Police say an armed suspect shot the victim during an attempted robbery at a Speedway station on Indy’s west side.

Police released a surveillance image of the suspect, hoping that someone recognizes him.

According to IMPD, officers were called around 3:45 a.m. to the 7300 block of West 10th Street near 10th and Girls School Road on the west side in response to reports of a person shot.

Unfortunately, gas station clerks being shot and sometimes killed during stick-ups has become all too common.

Some say more needs to be done to stop that violence.

“I hope someone does identify him and stops this now,” said Karen Seel.

The victim in the Speedway station shooting is identified as 21-year-old Delve Smith Jr.

Smith ran to the neighboring McDonalds and then to Taco Bell to get help.

Karen Seel knows the pain his family is feeling, because her daughter Susan died after being shot around 3 in the morning during an armed robbery at a McClures station in late July.

“Everybody misses her so much and every place I go they ask if they’ve caught the guy yet and I have to say no,” said Seel.

Police released the images of the man suspected of killing Karen’s daughter, but no arrests have been made.

The two shootings took place two months apart and are separated by just two miles.

“I am tired of getting these calls ever more frequently to deal with this issue.  It is literally depressing,” said state rep. Ed Delaney, (D) Indianapolis.

Delaney has struggled for years to require gas stations follow stricter safety regulations, including the installation of bulletproof glass to protect clerks.

His efforts have been unsuccessful because of opposition from the convenience store lobby.

“The higher end companies like Speedway ought to be embarrassed to have this happen and tell the low end companies and their lobby to get off it,” said Delaney.

“Susan knew the danger and she felt there should be safety glass,” said Seel.

Karen knows her daughter would have supported added security.

While it’s impossible to know if the two suspects are connected in any way, Karen prays an arrest is made in both cases.

“I hope they catch them and lock them up so they can’t do this to any other family,” said Seel.

The victim in the Speedway shooting was taken to Eskenazi.

His family has been active on social media and says he is still fighting to recover.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'9" to 5'11" and 220 to 240 pounds with a medium build and facial hair. He was seen leaving the area in a black SUV, police said. IMPD said the suspect is armed and dangerous and said anyone who sees him should call 911. Police urged people not to approach the man.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.