CMPD, FBI offer $15K reward for information on murder of store clerk at west Charlotte gas station

CMPD, FBI offer $15K reward for information on murder of store clerk at west Charlotte gas station

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte police and the FBI are offering a $15,000 reward for information after a store clerk was shot and killed at a gas station in west Charlotte early Monday morning.

The store clerk was identified by police as 50-year-old Ismael Doumbia.

The shooting happened during a robbery at a Shell gas station on Freedom Drive near Alleghany Street around 3:20 a.m. Doumbia was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He later died from his injuries.

According to the gas station owner, Doumbia started working at the business in 2002 and has a wife and a 16-year-old son. The owner says he has cameras inside and outside of the business and hopes that police can obtain a clear image of the shooter.

CMPD and the FBI are asking for the public’s assistance in solving the murder. Officials provided video of the incident Monday evening.

$15K reward offered after store clerk shot, killed during robbery at west Charlotte gas station

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers offers up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this homicide. The FBI is offering up to an additional $10,000 in this case for a combined total reward of up to $15,000.

Anyone who recognizes the individual in the video is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

Marion Thomas, who says he knew Doumbia for nine years, is heartbroken and in shock.

Another gas station customer, Saundra Bailey, says she’s outraged and wants to hold a vigil tonight to honor Doumbia.

Dozens of people gathered at the Shell gas station on Freedom Drive Monday night to pray for Doumbia’s family.

Whether they were personally close to Doumbia or just a customer of his, they all shared similar sentiments of who he was as a person.

“Every time you come in the store he just greets you with pleasure and kindness,” Customer Margie Green said.

“I’d plan to spend five minutes in there and then it would be 45 minutes or an hour just talking to him,” another customer said.

Bintou Kamissoko says Doumbia was like a brother to her. She says he moved to Charlotte about 20 years ago from West Africa. She says it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, Doumbia had a way of connecting with everyone.

“We {are} Muslim, people who came out, most of them are Christian,” Kamissoko said. “But it’s not about religion. It’s about having a heart.”

Doumbia leaves behind a wife and a 16-year-old son. A coworker of Doumbia says he love to play soccer with his son. Those at the vigil signed a soccer ball and left it on his car that was still parked in the lot.

They say he left a mark on this city, a city that now has 53 homicides this year.

“Killings got to stop here in Charlotte, North Carolina,” Customer Saundra Bailey said.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information has been released.

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