Milpitas Police have identified the 7-Eleven employee who was shot and killed Saturday during a robbery attempt as Mohammad Reza Sadeghzadeh, 67, of Milpitas.
The shooting occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning at the store which is open 24-hours a day. Just after 2 a.m. police received an emergency call about a person injured in the store, located at 1496 N. Milpitas Blvd. Officers found Sadeghzadeh on the floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The killing is the first homicide in Milpitas in 2012.
There were no immediate leads on a suspect or witnesses to the crime on Saturday, and police said Monday that the gunman remains at large. Police are not saying if the incident was captured on the store's surveillance cameras. The store was closed most of Saturday and all day Sunday to customers and onlookers while detectives continued their investigation.
Lt. Daryl Sequeira, with the Milpitas Police Department, said Monday that every detective on the force is working on the case in some capacity. Nonetheless, police are still seeking help from members of the public who may know something about what happened.
Sequeira said police particularly want to hear from people who visited the store in the hour or so before and immediately after the shooting.
"We're looking for anybody who may have seen anything that night," Sequeira said. "Even if they think it wasn't important at the time, it might be now," he added.
Anyone who may have witnessed unusual activity at the scene or have information about the case can call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Tips can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline (408) 586-2500 or sent via the Milpitas Police Department website at http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp.
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