Surveillance Video of Christmas Eve Robbery Released

Gas station attendant was killed, leaving behind a pregnant wife, 5-month-old child

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    Gas station attendant with a wife, a newborn baby and a second child on the way. (Published Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012)

    Chicago police on Tuesday released surveillance video of a Christmas Eve robbery that left a gas station attendant dead.

    The video shows two armed men forcing Jo Jo James and another cashier into the office of a BP on the 4300 block of South State Street at about 1:30 p.m. that holiday. The robbers can be seen rifling through the cash register and forcing the men to the floor.

    James was shot. The second attendant wasn't injured, police said

    "They just came over here and made him open the door. Then they walked in," said Eddie Khan, James' friend. "Then got they money and before they leave they shoot him."

    Responding officers found James with two gunshot wounds. He was taken in serious to critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he later died.

    James' family said he was excited about spending his first Christmas with his 5-month-old baby and his wife who is pregnant with their second child.

    "Christmas is a time where you enjoy family and everything, and now it's just completely different. ... It's just a time they're going to mourn now," said another family friend, Tony Merrill.

    Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Wentworth Area detectives at 312-747-8380.