ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Customers called police after finding a man bleeding inside a south St. Louis 7-Eleven. Now, homicide detectives are looking for a gunman.
Earlier Monday morning, we were told all the employees at the store on Gravois Avenue and Bates Street were safe after a shooting, but that turned out not to be the case.
Margaret Chabris, of 7-Eleven public relations, has identified the victim as Mon Rai, an employee. His coworkers say he was 30 or 31 years old. They also said he was married, with a son. His infant daughter was due to be born Monday. Coworkers said he was in the store, alone, when he was attacked.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police said someone called 911 around 12:30am Monday. Chabris said the caller was a customer, who found Rai collapsed in the store. She said, so far, police discovered someone approached Rai from behind and shot him. Police say the victim died from his injuries at the hospital.
We spoke with Andrew Esswine who worked with Rai for only a few days. Esswine said he lived close to the store and saw Rai often. Esswine said Rai had moved to St. Louis from the country of Bhutan.
"He felt great to be an American. He felt like he had a good opportunity here in the U.S., and he wanted to try his best to do what he can,” Esswine said, fighting tears. “I’m pretty upset that he’s dead. It’s sad that these types of things happen here.”
Chabris released this statement on behalf of the company:
“We at 7-Eleven, Inc. Are shocked and deeply saddened over what appears to be the random shooting of 7-Eleven® store employee Mon Rai at one of our St. Louis stores. 7-Eleven and its franchisee are doing everything we can to work closely with police during the investigation, and we hope for a quick apprehension of the suspect involved.”