California store clerk fatally shot in apparent robbery attempt

An Indian American father of two was fatally shot in a convenience store in Whittier, California, on Feb. 22.

News reports in the Los Angeles Times and other local media, quoting police, said Maninder Singh Sahi, a clerk at a 7-Eleven store at the Los Angeles suburb, was reportedly shot with a semi-automatic handgun by a man who entered the store with the intent to commit a robbery. News reports said the robber, with a partially covered face, shot Sahi even though police say he appeared to be cooperating with him in surveillance video.

Sahi who is said to be in the late 20s or early 30s, came to the U.S. to provide financial support to his family in India, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his family members here. Sahi is survived by his parents, his wife and two children, ages 5 and 9, who all live in India.

The fundraising page was set up to raise money for Sahi's funeral expenses and for sending his body back to India. The page created on Feb. 23, had raised more than $18,000 by the evening.

Rupinder Kaur, the wife of Sahi’s cousin told KTLA5 that Sahi's family in India will be left homeless since he was the sole breadwinner of the household. "In the short time he was in California, he never argued with anyone and never raised his voice. He quietly did all the work his boss told him and he never complained," the fundraising page says.

Meanwhile, KTLA5 reported that authorities are still seeking the robber, who got away on foot with an unknown amount of cash. “Police released stills from surveillance video showing the robber, who they describe as a black man about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing a dark hoody on top of a gray hoodie at the time of the incident,” the KTLA report said.

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