ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis Police have released a surveillance photo of the man they believe shot and killed an immigrant store keeper in south city Monday morning. It’s the second murder of a foreign store clerk in the past few weeks.
Authorities say the man (shown to the left) entered the 7-Eleven convenience store at Gravois and Bates (5600 block of Gravois) and shot the Bhutanese refugee in the back.
It happened between 11:30-12:30 a.m. and police say the cash drawer appeared to be untouched.
Officials have identified the victim as 30-year-old Mon Rai. He came to St. Louis last year with his wife and 7-year-old son.
Rai’s wife told police her husband normally doesn’t work the night shift, but did early Monday morning so he could take time off for his baby to be.
A customer called police after finding the clerk on the floor of the convenience store. Police believe the man pictured below witnessed the shooting.
Rai was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
The Feeling in the Immigrant Community
Ranga Nepal works with immigrants at the International Institute of St. Louis. He says they feel criminals are targeting them for a reason.
“Most of the people worry and talk about these things, why it happens to immigrants, why they target the immigrants only.”
Nepal says already immigrants are talking about leaving the city and others are telling their overseas relatives not to come.