INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating after they say a gas station attendant was shot in the head at a west side gas station early Friday morning.
Officers responded to the McClure gas station, located in the 5300 block of Rockville Road, shortly before 3:30 a.m. When they arrived on scene, officers say they found the 52-year-old female clerk suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Police say a customer found the clerk in the parking lot and called 911.
According to police, they believe the incident began as a robbery because the store was ransacked.
The employee, 52-year-old Susan Seel, was working the overnight shift, was transported to Methodist Hospital where she later died.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene to help investigate. No suspect information is available at this time.
Investigators have obtained surveillance footage and say they will review footage from another robbery that occurred at this gas station on July 4.
“From the information I know, our forensic video analyst has retrieved video from here before and they do have a good video system,” said IMPD Officer Valerie Cunningham. “And right now, once the detectives can get that and review that, that is our best hope at trying to figure out what exactly occurred here.”
State Representative, Ed Delaney (D – Indianapolis) has worked for years trying to require Indiana gas stations beef up security for store clerks.
“It doesn’t stop; I’ve been on every side of this town. I’ve been trying to get the legislature to pass laws to protect these workers, they won’t,” he said.
Delaney said the steps convenience stores can take to protect their employees are simple ones. Like clearing windows of objects so clerks can see who may be walking towards the store, or installing plexiglass barriers between clerks and customers.
“It costs $20,000 to fix this problem, $20-30,000 to put plexiglass, it costs money to have two workers on the shift. They won’t do it. Let’s stop pretending we’re doing something for our workers,” he said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).