Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Police make arrest in murder of SKC 7-11 clerk

By Seann McAnally

Police have made an arrest in the murder of a South Kansas City 7-11 clerk.

The Jackson County Prosecutors office on March 22 filed felony murder and armed criminal action charges against Phillip D. Martin, 19, of Kansas City. 

Martin’s fingerprints are on file with the Missouri Highway Patrol – those same fingerprints are on a canned drink left at the murder scene. 

Martin is currently in custody at the Jackson County correctional facility on a $500,000 bond. He was arraigned Tuesday in Jackson County circuit court. 

Just after 1 a.m. on March 17 Kansas City police officers responded to a call about a shooting at the 7-11 store, at 8105 E. Bannister Road. Officers saw a victim lying on the floor of the store with a gunshot wound in his abdomen.
The man, 35-year-old Gurpreet Singh, was rushed to an area hospital where he died of his injuries. 

Singh, an immigrant from India and father of two small children, was working his last shift at the store before starting a new job in the medical field. According to police reports, Singh followed store procedures and cooperated when two black males and one female demanded money from the register. 

Police are still unsure why the perpetrators shot Singh. The entire incident was recorded on the store’s surveillance camera. 

According to police reports a woman entered the store and paid for a few items, then began to “mill around” until her two black male accomplices entered and demanded money. After Singh gave them the contents of the register, Martin allegedly produced a small handgun and shot Singh in the abdomen. 

Singh was robbed at the same store about two weeks before. The Kansas City Police Department’s media unit reports that the store has been robbed “several times” over the last few months.  

Police have asked anyone with more information to call the Homicide Unit at 234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 474-8477.

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