Crime & Courts

West Charlotte gas station clerk shot and killed in armed robbery

A clerk at a west Charlotte gas station was shot and killed early Monday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.

Police identified the victim as Ismael Doumbia, who would have turned 51 on Thursday.

Detectives responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at a business on Freedom Drive at 3:20 a.m. Monday, police said in a news release. They found Doumbia with a gunshot wound. He died shortly afterward at Atrium Health Carolina’s Medical Center.

Police said initial information indicated the incident was an armed robbery where a suspect robbed and shot an employees before fleeing the scene. Observer news partner WBTV reported that the business is a Shell gas station.

The store owner said Doumbia started working there in 2002 and had a wife and 16-year-old son.

Police have announced no arrests in the case and said the investigation continues.