INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A shooting at a gas station on Indy’s near northeast side Tuesday morning marks the third fatal shooting of a business employee in the last four days.
The shooting on Tuesday happened around 5 a.m. at the Shell gas station on the corner of 34th Street and Sherman Drive. IMPD says the victim was shot multiple times and rushed to Methodist Hospital where he later died. He was identified as Sheriff Jallow, 50.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, but officers say they do not believe this was a robbery.
The family says the victim got into an argument with a customer who later ambushed and shot him here in the parking lot.
"All this man was trying to do is make a living," said Alfonzo Fowler. "He’s not coming home anymore and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over that."
The murdered clerk, Sheriff Jallow, leaves behind three young kids. After the shooting, Fowler had the painful job of informing the rest of the family.
"To take my brother away from me like that, that’s the worst thing," said Fowler. "The hardest news I ever had to do was come here and tell his wife her husband is not coming home and tell his kids daddy is not coming home."
Fowler says Sheriff argued with a customer at the gas station, before the gunman went outside and waited to ambush his brother.
"I guess the guy waited till he got off, hid like a coward on the side of the building, and shot him," said Fowler.
Sheriff grew up in west Africa before moving to Indianapolis and had worked at the gas station for years against his family’s wishes.
"He loved his job. I tried to get him to leave that job because the gas station is dangerous," said Fowler.
Investigators say they’re looking at surveillance footage. No information about a suspect has been released at this time.
On Saturday, the family of 21-year-old Rheyshaun Roberts tells us he was working the drive-thru window at McDonalds near 16th and Tibbs when a customer got upset over an order. The customer found Roberts while he was on a break and shot him in the head.
Then on Sunday, 41-year-old Brian Eure was working at Dollar General on Emerson Way near East 56th Street when he was shot by a man trying to rob the store. Police say the suspect was in the store for 30 minutes before the robbery.
Although the cases may not be connected, the families share the same pain and frustration.
"You just don’t kill people over nothing. This crap has got to stop," said Fowler.
IMPD released surveillance video and images of the shooter, and they are asking for the public’s help with finding the suspect.
Anyone with information about any of these crimes should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.