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Clerk dies from injuries after food mart robbery in Seminole

SEMINOLE — Detectives were searching late Wednesday for a man who killed a food mart clerk during a robbery.

The incident occurred about 6:40 p.m. at JFS Food Mart in the 11800 block of Seminole Boulevard, Pinellas sheriff's deputies reported.

The clerk, Mohammod T. Islam, 37, of Clearwater was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he later died, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies would not say how Mohammod was injured, though witnesses said it appeared he was shot.

Deputies released this description of the robber: A black man in his mid 20s with a thin build who stood 5 foot 10 to 6 feet. He was last seen wearing a black knit cap, a black hoodie, gray sweat pants and black Converse sneakers.

He left the scene on a bicycle, deputies reported. Sheriff's officials said a man with a similar description was seen in that area earlier in the day.

The food mart is in a strip mall that also includes a Family Dollar, Amscot, Metro PCS, a laundry and other stores.

Sheriff's officials said the wounded clerk was discovered by a customer and a co-worker who was not in the business when the robbery occurred. Mohammod was discovered behind the counter, sheriff's officials said.

Sandra Faust, who works in one of the businesses in the strip mall, was visibly shaking shortly after the incident Wednesday night. She had gone into the food mart just minutes after the robbery and saw the clerk on the floor in a pool of blood.

"I hope they catch whoever did this," she said.

David Bigham, 51, who lives in the neighborhood, said members of a family work at the food mart.

Bigham said he came upon the scene while coming to the laundry to wash clothes.

"It's just a sad thing," he said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said detectives will review surveillance video from nearby businesses to see if it captured the robber. She would not say if the food mart had its own video surveillance system.

Anyone with information about the robbery or a suspect can call the Sheriff's Office at 727-582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@tampabay.com.

Clerk dies from injuries after food mart robbery in Seminole 12/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 9:34am]
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