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Pinellas deputies still searching for suspect in death of Seminole store clerk

SEMINOLE — Pinellas sheriff's detectives continued their search Thursday for the man who robbed and killed a convenience store clerk the night before.

The clerk, Mohammod T. Islam, 37, was found on the floor of the store behind the counter by another store employee and a customer just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's Office records.

The incident took place at the JFS Food Mart, a corner store in a small strip shopping center at 11801 Seminole Blvd. Deputies received the call at 6:52 p.m.

Islam was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was later pronounced dead, deputies said. Islam lived in Clearwater.

Witnesses said it appeared that Islam had been shot. But the Sheriff's Office has not yet said how the clerk was fatally injured.

Detectives have released a surveillance video of the suspect entering the store and this description: He is a slender black male in his late teens to early 20s; he was wearing a large stud-type earring in each ear; he had on baggy clothes, a gray hoodie sweatshirt with an insignia on the front and black trim on the sides, gray sweatpants and black Converse high-top sneakers.

Deputies said that he fled on a bicycle after fatally wounding the clerk.

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.

Anyone with information about the robbery or suspect can call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200. If they wish to remain anonymous and receive a cash reward, they can also call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Pinellas deputies still searching for suspect in death of Seminole store clerk 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 1:36pm]
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