Grief and questions surrounding the shooting death of a convenience store clerk | Crime

The gas station convenience store on North Main at Airline Drive became a crime scene on Saturday afternoon when the clerk armed himself and chased two men who had argued with him and assaulted him, and l one of them shot him. (Picture from ABC-13 video)

The violent loss of a neighborhood protector has rocked the North Main Street/Airline Drive area, simultaneously turning a convenience store into a crime scene and memorial.

Houston police said they are investigating the fatal shooting Saturday, April 23, of Carlos Granillo, 51, committed over nearly two decades at the Kay B mini-market at the Conoco gas station, 4620 N. Main St. .

A co-worker told investigators that Granillo got into a fight with two young Hispanic men inside the store around 3:20 p.m. before they punched him repeatedly, then rushed to a vehicle in the parking lot, police say. . Granillo armed himself and chased them, police said. One of the men responded by pulling a gun and shooting the clerk multiple times, according to HPD.

Kay B Clerk-Carlos Granillo

Carlos Granillo

Granillo collapsed in the parking lot, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Two men have been arrested, but no charges have been filed, and the HPD said Monday the investigation is continuing.

Multiple news reports said news of the tragedy spread quickly on a sunny Saturday afternoon, with Granillo’s family and customers rushing to the scene. Soon an ofrenda – a spontaneous altar – was created with balloons, candles, flowers and personal notes, written in English and Spanish to a man described as friendly, generous and always concerned for well-being and well-being. safety of its customers. .

That attention could range from offering a child free candy to giving a loan to a longtime customer who had fallen on hard times, Granillo’s friends told reporters at the scene.


“Who will give me a free candy?” read a note in Spanish, signed with a childish scribble, according to an ABC-13 report.

ABC-13 reported that while they didn’t want their faces to appear on camera or their names made public, Granillo’s two adult sons said the family was in disbelief, “hoping we’ll wake up from ‘a nightmare he is going to call or text us.’ Granillo is also survived by his wife and a teenage daughter, according to ABC-13.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the sons had gone to work with their father at the convenience store last year – but when he decided the job was too dangerous, he got them to quit.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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