‘It’s heartbreaking’: Beloved clerk shot, killed while working in NE Houston store, witnesses say

HOUSTON – A clerk was shot and killed after witnesses say a gunman walked into the store he was working at and opened fire Sunday.

According to two customers who were at the Food Mart located in the 6500 block of Homestead Road, someone entered the store and began following some customers around.

When the suspected gunman got to the counter to pay for his cigars, he reportedly said something in a low tone to the clerk before opening fire.

Witnesses say customers tried to help the employee, who appeared to have been shot in the face, but he immediately fled to the office area and locked the door.

He was later pronounced dead.

The victim was Jhon Dias, 26.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot, headed toward a nearby apartment complex.

Police are investigating what led to the shooting.

The suspect was described by witnesses as a man aged between 20-25 years old, wearing black hoodie, black pants with white stripes, black shoes and a black face mask.

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Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.