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Clerk killed in shooting at Henderson gas station; two sought

Posted March 25, 2014

— A 55-year-old store clerk was shot and killed late Monday at a gas station on Raleigh Road in Henderson, police said.

According to investigators, Ahmed Shahit, of Henderson, was shot after two men entered the Best Bet Food Mart and demanded money at about 10:30 p.m. The men left the store on foot, police said.

Shahit was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends said Shahit was from Yemen, where his wife and children live. He had no family in the area. He worked at the store for three years and walked there from a nearby duplex where he lived.

Customer Furman Jackson said Shahit had moved to the U.S., hoping for a better life.

"It's bad when you've got to kill a person to obtain the money he's worked for," Jackson said. "He had no idea when he walked out of that store, his life would be (taken) from him."

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Henderson Police Department at 252-438-4141 or Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.

Crime Stoppers will pay rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to arrests in felony cases.


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  • REPUBLICAN HANS Mar 26, 2014

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    Nothing good has come out of Henderson in years. Don't kid yourself.

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 26, 2014

    "Who don't these places have shotguns mounted under the service counter? There should be a code on the register to fire the mounted guns." - Obamacare returns again

    Kind of dangerous. You have to make daggone sure it was failsafe. Growing up in the boonies, there was a convenience store near me. The first owner was killed. The second owner always had a shotgun behind/under the counter.

    "they did wrong and should be locked up, period, not killed" - timewarrior

    If we locked them up, then according to your argument, we're just like people that hold others against their will. Like that dude that held those women captive all those years. The bottom line is that you're against the death penalty, but you have an irrational argument as to why. The death penalty does NOT make us murderers, no more that locking people up makes us kidnappers. Work on your argument.

  • djohnson7494 Mar 25, 2014

    Like much of the United States today, Henderson also has its fair share of problems. BUT there are good things that come from Henderson; not everything is negative. There are plenty of positive aspects that go unmentioned quite regularly. I am a Henderson native and I love my town so let's not jump to the hasty conclusion that "nothing good comes from Henderson."

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 25, 2014

    Who don't these places have shotguns mounted under the service counter? There should be a code on the register to fire the mounted guns.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 25, 2014

    Yep, next time I go through Henderson I'll hold my bladder as opposed to stopping at a restroom there.

  • seenbetterdaze Mar 25, 2014

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    "I've yet to see that prison or even the death sentence acts as a deterrent..."
    You just don't want to see that once a vicious murderer is executed, that murderer cannot do that same crime to anyone else. Many get away with no punishment at all, and keep doing the crimes till they finally get caught.

  • seenbetterdaze Mar 25, 2014

    How much more of this savagery are we supposed to take from these sorts or criminals? How many store clerks have been murdered or injured in just the last 5 or 6 years? Add to that number the home invasions, knock down game injuries, and other types of attacks that happen every day? Malls are no longer safe for law abiding shoppers. Businesses shut down because people are scared to shop anymore...all over the USA!

  • Betsy Smith Mar 25, 2014
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    Regardless of the ethnicity, there's likely to be more crime committed by low income individuals. It's a very long discussion on why the disparity exists. However, the main problem is that many of the crimes are committed by the same criminals over and over. Bleeding hearts and budget constraints result in early release/probation. Revolving door justice proves to others that crime does pay and so the cycle continues.

  • Alexia Proper Mar 25, 2014
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    Sadly, it really goes without saying. The Henderson Township has twice as many black people as white. Couple that with the fact that black people commit most murders (per the FBI reports), there is hardly a need to guess.

    What I'd like to understand is, "Why?" Why do we keep seeing these kinds of stories every week? What does it take for people to understand that killing another human is nothing but evil?

  • John Dees Mar 25, 2014
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    You can believe that all media outlets were given a description that included the perps race. They chose not to include it in the story. It is frustrating on one hand,because you will always hear them whine about the publics right to know, but only when it fits the cause. Not publishing the race of murderers still on the loose, helps to not offend and hurt feelings.