Convenience store clerk killed in shootout with crooks

By Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter , Kelci Johnston - News Producer , Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - Houston Police are searching for at least three men responsible for killing a store clerk in northeast Houston late Sunday night.

Investigators say 58-year-old Satish Patel was working at the Phillips 66 off of Highway 59, just north of Beltway 8 when three masked gunmen stormed inside just before midnight.

The robbers were seen in security video opening fire in a matter of seconds.
Anand Patel is the victim's cousin and owner of the business.

"If you're the guy who works seven days a week, 14 hours or 12 hours a day, the last thing you want to do is die of a gunshot. You don't expect yourself to get shot down, he never hurt anybody," Patel explained.

The suspects took off in a truck that was later found abandoned about half mile away but so far there have been no arrests.

The victim is survived by his wife, daughter and son. His immediate family lives in India and are trying to get plane tickets to fly to Houston to be with family. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call HPD Homicide or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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