Singh was killed during a robbery on June 22.
By Raif Karerat
WASHINGTON, DC: Both suspects in the fatal shooting of an Indian American store clerk in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, have been apprehended, local police announced last week.
The aggravated robbery happened on the night of June 22 night at the Big Red gas station at 1802 E. Harding, according to local CBS affiliate KTHV, during which Lorenzo Kellon, 23, and accomplice 18-year-old Sha’Quile Ali Carter murdered 46-year-old Hardip Singh.
Police say they believe Kellon fired the “actual” shots — that killed Singh, according to ArkansasOnline. Another employee, who remained uninjured, is said to have taken cover when Â shots were fired.
Singh, who had been shot multiple times, was pronounced dead at the scene when officers responded to a robbery call at the convenience store. His body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
The theme of Indian American clerks being caught in the line of fire during lethal robberies is tragic yet familiar.
In late May, it took a tip from a concerned citizen who recognized a suspect in surveillance footage aired by the media and called a tip in to the Crime Stopper network before the man who killed 59-year-old Mradulaben Patelduring during an attempted robbery of a South Carolina BP, was captured.
Per local NBC affiliate WYFF:
[Anderson County Sheriff John] Skipper said Warner pulled a handgun and pointed it at Patel and demanded money from the register. He said Patel put up her hand to push the gun away, and Warner fired, hitting her in the head. Skipper said Patel fell forward, and when she did, it closed the register, making it impossible for Warner to take any money. He said Warner left the BP empty-handed.
â€œWe donâ€™t want people like this in the streets,â€ said her husband, Pravinchandra Patel, according to The Independent. â€œWe worked at that gas station all the time. We knew everyone in 10, 15 miles. It is so sad.â€