Gunman on the run after store clerk shot dead in small town of Liberty

LIBERTY, Texas (KTRK) – The family and friends of a store worker who was shot dead Monday night while working have never feared this kind of violence for him.

“That kind of stuff [doesn’t] get to this part of Liberty County, ”said neighbor Balraj Singh.

Gurjitpal Singh, 22, was working in a store on the corner of Highway 90 and FM 563 in Liberty when he was shot twice and later died.

The store did not have surveillance footage of the suspect and Liberty Police have disclosed no possible motive, but store manager Satish Nakarmi said he spoke to an eyewitness.

“He had an argument with a guy who was drunk and he wanted him to leave the store and not come back, but he kept coming back,” Nakarmi explained. “After about 15 minutes I don’t know who, but it looks like the same guy came over and shot him twice.”

The shooter took off.

The police did not give any description of him or his vehicle.

Singh, who was known to customers as Vishal, lived with his sister and brother-in-law, Kamalpreet Singh.

He worked to support his parents in India, Kamalpreet Singh told ABC13.

They were eagerly awaiting a rare vacation, which was due to start on Tuesday.

“We were going to go to San Antonio [and] Austin. we were going to leave [Tuesday] morning, “Kamalpreet Singh said.” God has a different plan for him.

He considered his wife’s brother to be his own. He was welcoming and full of life, he said. Now his family and friends are hoping the police can bring this case to a close for a community that rarely records a murder.

“I hope they catch him and that he gets what he deserves,” he said.

The Liberty Police Department is assisted by the Texas Rangers.

People of interest have been identified, they said in a statement. However, the police are also asking the public for help.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty Police Department at 936-336-5666. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Relatives have set up a GoFundMe raise funds to transport the remains of the clerk to India.

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