MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A community is still reeling after the senseless murder of a convenience store clerk following an armed robbery.
Early Saturday morning, a man walked into the GI's Market along N.E. 10th St. before pulling out a gun and demanding money from the clerk.
The store clerk, 33-year-old Salman Tahir, reportedly cooperated with the suspect and handed over the money.
After getting about $200 in cash, police say the suspect shot the surveillance monitor before turning the gun on Tahir, shooting him in the back.
Tahir was discovered by a customer a short time later and rushed to an Oklahoma City hospital.
Tragically, he died from his injuries.
Since his death, the Midwest City community has been trying to come to terms with his death.
"It's crushing," said Laura Stukes, who bought candy and snacks from Tahir for two and a half years. "You look at all his friends, all his family, everybody that loves Sam and, the inside, we're all dying inside. It's not fair that this guy would come in and rob him and then shoot him."
On Tuesday, the Midwest City Police Department held a news conference to discuss new developments in the case.
Police officials announced that they were searching for 17-year-old Samuel Myers in connection to Tahir's murder.
Officials say Myers is not currently in school, and police do not know where he is at this time.
Authorities say Myers is wanted for the robbery and first-degree murder.
"He`s got a violent past as a juvenile, and he`s obviously killed one person and our hopes are we`re able to put him in custody before he kills someone else,' Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
Chief Clabes says Myers is considered armed and dangerous, so citizens are asked to immediately call 911 if they see Myers.