Surveillance Video Released in Clerk's Shooting

Victim's name not released by midday Monday

By Regina Waldroup
|  Monday, Jan 20, 2014  |  Updated 4:23 PM CDT
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A surveillance video shows the moments before a 36-year-old employee of Sam s Tobacco and Food Mart was shot outside the store Sunday.

A surveillance video shows the moments before a 36-year-old employee of Sam s Tobacco and Food Mart was shot outside the store Sunday.

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Clerk Killed in Bensenville Robbery

Those who frequent Sam’s Tobacco and Food Mart said the clerk was a nice man who went out of his way to help customers. Regina Waldroup reports.
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A Bensenville store clerk was shot and killed in an apparent armed robbery Sunday.

Hussein Saghir, 36, was working at Sam’s Tobacco and Food Mart at 235 W. Irving Park Rd., when he was shot at about 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Bensenville police.

"I ran out there and by the time I got there, the ambulance had already arrived and they had picked up the gentleman," said Aldo Blanco, who lives nearby and heard the series of gun shots.

Saghir was rushed to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Saghir and his brother were getting ready to close the store when the shooting happened.

Surveillance video shows Hussein and his brother confronted by two males outside the store.

"The two subjects were trying to force them back into the business, and at one point one of the subjects pulled out a handgun," Bensenville Police Chief Frank Kosman said.

One of the men shot Hussein before running away from the scene. Police did not release a specific description of the two men, but believe they're in their late teens or early twenties.

Those who frequent the business said the Saghir was a nice man who went out of his way to help customers.

"I know a couple of people here who wanted cigarettes, pop or anything. They could go say, 'I don't have money right now, and he would be like, 'Oh, no, that's fine," said customer Stephanie Penge.

Police say the shop was also robbed in November by three males. Police aren't sure if the two robberies are related, but the perpetrators were never caught.

Bensenville police and the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force were investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 630-350-3455.

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