The Bensenville Police Department released graphic surveillance video on Monday afternoon of what police believe was an armed robbery attempt that led to the village's first murder in 10 years.
Hussein Saghir, 36, was shot and killed as he and his brother were leaving Sam's Tobacco and Food Mart in the 200 block of Irving Park Road at around 6 p.m. on Sunday, said Frank Kosman, the Chief of Police in west suburban Bensenville.
Saghir worked as a clerk in the store, which is owned by his brother. The two were preparing to leave and lock up the store when they were confronted by two men who may have been trying to rob them, Kosman said.
The two subjects tried to force the men back into the store, Kosman said. The two suspects never entered the store.
"At one point, one of the subjects pulled out a handgun and fired a shot which fatally wounded Mr. Hussein Saghir," Kosman said.
Saghir was taken to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police don't have a suspect in custody, nor have they identified the two offenders, Kosman said. They did release the video on Monday hoping to find some leads. The released video does not show the fatal shot, Kosman said, but police have the entire incident on tape.
"We're hoping someone recognizes who these individuals are," he said.
The confrontation lasted only about 3 minutes, Kosman said. In the video, one of the men is wearing a maroon Abercrombie & Fitch hoodie and True Religion jeans. The second suspect is wearing a black hoodie with a white portion on the front.
Saghir is seen walking out of the store, holding a blue bag when he is confronted. In the video, it appears that Saghir and his brother attempt to cooperate with the suspects, but shots are fired anyway. The two men were seen leaving the scene eastbound on foot, Kosman said.
"This is a terrible incident," Kosman said. "It's really unfortunate," because Saghir didn't have to be shot.
Kosman said police have classified the incident as a homicide, not an armed robbery, because the two suspects did not get away with anything. This is the first homicide in the village in 10 years, he said.
The same shop was robbed in November 2013, Kosman said. In that case, three male subjects entered the store and held up the clerk who was there working alone. They took cash, but the chief would not say how much. A different store clerk was working then, not Hussein Saghir.
The store is a couple blocks west of O'Hare International Airport's western edge.
The Bensenville Police Department and the DuPage County Major Crime Task Force are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Bensenville police at (630) 350-3455.
Delfina Flores, 47, said she didn't know the slain clerk. But she learned about the fatal armed robbery when she reported today to work at the Rio Coin Laundry next door. The incident has shaken up workers along the strip and customers alike, Flores said.
"Oh my God, I was so surprised when the (owner) told me what happened," said Flores, who works managing the laundry facility. "It's scary for me, because I sometimes work at night. It happened so close. I'm saying, I worked here two years and nothing like this ever happened."
Most of the businesses don't have security guards because the strip was considered relatively safe, Flores said. But now, she said she will be more aware of who walks in the business.
"The people are coming in and asking, 'Do you know what happened?' " she said, referring to inquiring customers. "People are scared now too. If something seems wrong, I will call police."
David Jaeck, 68, suffers from hearing loss, so he said he didn't hear the shooting on Sunday night. But when he came outside for some fresh air, he saw the swarm of police and learned about it.
"You hear about these things all the time but it's so hard to believe so close to home," said Jaeck, who lives in an apartment located behind the store.
"It's not going to change what I do," he said about the shooting. "But it's a shame that it happened so close by. I didn't know the gentleman who was shot, but he may have had a family. All the man was trying to do was trying to work. It's a crying shame."