Family Identifies Clerk in Deadly Store Robbery in Meriden

Police continue search for suspect as investigation into Wednesday morning's shooting continues.


The family of a Meriden man shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a gas station robbery has confirmed that he was the victim although police are not releasing the victim's name.

Ibrahim Ghazal was gunned down at the Citgo station at 271 East Main Street around 1:30 a.m.

According to police, an unidentified white man entered the gas station convenience store at 271 E. Main St. and pointed a handgun at the clerk working the cash register and demanded money.

A witness who was inside the store at the time of the robbery told police that once the man received an undisclosed amount of money he shot the clerk in the chest and then ran out of the store.

Ghazal, a Jordan native who lived at 6 Converse Circle, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police believe the shooter fled the scene on foot. Police released surveillance photos from inside the store and descrive the suspect as a white male, 5’9”-5’10”, with a husky build. He is 28-30 years old and has clean cut, dark hair. He is also described to have “bulging eyes” and was wearing a gray/black T-shirt with lettering on it, white or tan shorts, and black sneakers.

Business owners expressed shock Wednesday afternoon as police continued to investigate the shooting.

"This was a shock to me. It really is," said Julie, a salon owner whose business is directly across the street from the scene of the shooting.

"I've already had two people drive by and they got nervous and they canceled and said, 'We're going to come back tomorrow,'" she said.

Louis, a salesman who said he regularly visits many of the businesses in the area, wasn't aware of the shooting.

"It's scary that you can't even run a small business without somebody coming to try to kill you," he said. "Meriden is changing a lot, and it's not in a good way."

Any one with information regarding the incident is asked to call Det. Benoit at (203) 630-6297.

Pam Dryburgh June 27, 2012 at 08:41 PM
My heart goes out to the family of the clerk who was killed last night. There was no reason to kill the clerk. My guess is that the clerk recognized the robber. P. Dryburgh
lee harris June 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
it was very inhuman to gun down a man who was not even giving the robber a hard time i am a ex navy seal and this man who killed the man will be caught and we hope soon lee
MelodyVasquez June 28, 2012 at 06:00 AM
my heart go's out to the family. he was a gd men. his family shared him wit us. he knew our names and we knew his.he never made u feel as if u couldnt talk to him. for some of us he was the reason for get gas at that store. its one thin when u die cuz ur sick but one someone takes a life its just really hruts me cuz i cant give it back!! he will b missed!!!!
D. Lemke June 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM
my heart go's out to his famiely thy are in my thought and prayers.
Kashia Cave June 28, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I'm so sad, he was a very good man, friendly attendant always kind and smiling. What gets me even more upset is; the tax-payers money will pay for this criminal attorney, he'll most likely get a deal, go to jail for a short time,and get free medical and dental benefits, while the hard working man struggles to get benefits for his family.. So much for our justice system...
Annonymous June 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Just prayed on the victims body in the mosque in windsor, they are currently burying the body in Enfield Cemetery. Who ever has done this should be put on death row without even having to go through the long court process. May god Rest Ibraheems Soul and may he be in heaven.


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