Leesburg robbery suspect on the run after allegedly shooting, killing convenience store clerk

A robbery suspect is on the run after he allegedly shot and killed a convenience store employee in Leesburg on Thursday night, according to police. 

The robbery happened just after 9 p.m. at Fast Stop Superette, located at 3702 Picciola Road, just off US 441/27, Leesburg Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Shannon Walsh told FOX 35. 

When police arrived, they found the store clerk, who was unconscious on the floor with at least one apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital by helicopter and died overnight from his injuries, police said. 

The store clerk was identified as 51-year-old Raied Shihadeh. 

Raied Shihadeh, 51, was shot and killed by a robbery suspect at a convenience store in Leesburg. (Photo: Tarleshia Jerger)

Police launched an extensive search for the robbery suspect around the convenience store, but weren't successful. 

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking into the convenience store and allegedly shooting the clerk several times before hopping over the counter and eventually leaving the store. 

FOX 35 is choosing not to upload the video in its entirety due to its graphic nature. You can see screenshots of the video below:

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The Leesburg Police Department shared surveillance video of the robbery and shooting that took place at Fast Stop Superette on May 30, 2024. (Photo: Leesburg Police Department)

The suspect was an adult male wearing an orange shirt and another pink shirt on his head. Police said his race is unknown at this time, but has a slim build. 


Anyone with information about the incident, or any local businesses who have surveillance video from the area on Thursday night are urged to contact Leesburg Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Shannon Walsh at 352-626-2333.