The family identified the victim as 57-year-old Jawad Ataie. They say he was a father of three and had been married to his wife for 25 years.
Devastated wife & daughter of Antioch Valero employee don't understand why robber shot/killed him. Say he worked 7 days/wk, 12 hr shifts pic.twitter.com/y4L92I0utc— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) July 4, 2017
The store manager says around 8:30 p.m. a man walked in, robbed the store and then shot and killed Ataie.
The family says Ataie was pistol whipped and shot twice in the back by the gunman. The family says Ataie worked there seven days a week to provide for his family.
"This very, very, very sad news," expressed Agit Singh Sooch, who has owned the liquor store across the street for 20 years. He says he feels for his neighbor.
"The business owner, whose works hard day and night, people came here to (rob), a couple of dollars... and people die," he said.
An Antioch police officer who just happened to be at a nearby 7-11 heard the shooting ran over to investigate and shot the suspect.
The Valero store manager says the suspect was wounded, and left a trail of blood down 18th Avenue.
Monday night investigators searched for the suspect so far he has not been found, although he did leave a trail of blood as he escaped after being shot by cops.
The store manager of Valero says the victim worked there for five years.
There is no suspect description.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. Click here if you'd like to help.
Crime scene tape has been taken down and the Valero gas station is back open after homicide last night pic.twitter.com/a5pPbSRfLl— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) July 4, 2017
Valero gas station back open after robbery/homicide of the cashier last night. Valero manager says victim was employee for 5yrs pic.twitter.com/5E4i7KnYKz— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) July 4, 2017