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HANOVER, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Anne Arundel County are searching for the cold blooded killer who walked into a gas station and gunned down the store clerk before he could even say anything.

Derek Valcourt has the details on this shocking crime.

It sounds like the clerk didn’t stand a chance against a heartless robber who walked inside the gas station, pulled his trigger, stole money and ran.

Police say the suspect walked into an Exxon gas station at the intersection of Route 175 and Ridge Road in Hanover and shot the clerk. He then stepped over his body and stole cash out of the register before running out of the store.

“How can somebody be so cold? That is all I can say. Just for a few dollars to take someone’s life,” said store owner Nabeel Malik.

Malik runs the gas station. He saw the surveillance video of the shooting and says the gunman said nothing before the shooting and that the gun may have jammed at first.

“He pulled the gun right and tried to shoot him right away. The gun didn’t work. Then he shot him a third time,” said Malik.

The victim was identified as 49-year-old Rajinder Kumar. His roommate who works at a neighboring 7-Eleven says Kumar would send his earnings home to India to help put his teenage daughter and son through college.

“He was about my dad’s age. He always called me brother. I told him to call me son. It’s a big loss,” said roommate Jagdeep Singh.

Police have released surveillance video of the suspect the night of the murder inside the gas station.

Police have reason to believe the driver of a dark colored Range Rover with New Jersey plates may have been a witness to the shooting that occurred at what is a busy intersection.

“We’re asking anybody who may have seen anything at about 1 a.m. this morning to please give police a call,” said Lt. T.J. Smith of Anne Arundel County Police.

Kumar is survived by his wife, two children and lots of extended family living in India. They are reportedly calling for his body to be returned to India immediately.

Anyone with information on the murder is urged to call Anne Arundel County Police. You can remain anonymous and earn some reward money by calling Metro Crime Stoppers At 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

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