Customers pay respect to clerk killed at Sugar Land food mart during robbery

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Police say a man is dead after a robbery in Sugar Land on Saturday night.

Officers went to check out reports of a shooting at the W.B. Foodmart in the 13000 block of West Bellfort near Eldridge around 9 p.m.

They found the clerk, who was shot during the robbery. He died at the hospital, Sugar Land authorities say.

Investigators believe that three people were trying to rob the store and one of the robbers shot the clerk.

The robbers immediately left the scene. Sugar Land authorities say they have reason to believe the robbers are no longer in the city. 

According to Sugar Land police, they are still looking for the three suspects. This is the third homicide of the year in the city. Investigators will be reviewing potential surveillance video. 

Customers pay their respects 

Many regular customers stopped by the W. B. Foodmart on Sunday to pay their respects to the clerk.

“Every time you walked through the door, he was going to put you in a better mood,” said Alexis Brassard. 

She and others said that they knew Hamid Lakhani as “Sam” and that they considered him a friend. 

“He was a nice guy,” said customer Wayne Choi. “He’s a good person and very honest.”

Another store regular, Elliot Mon, said that Lakhani would typically work the night shifts. “He was just a friendly and super chill guy.” 

A former colleague of Lakhani, Muhammad Khan, said he stopped by the convenience store to pay his respects to his friend. 

"He was really generous and happy always laughing around and having fun," said Khan. "I will miss him."

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