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$20,000 FBI reward for info on murder of gas station staffer

FBIBY A STAFF WRITER

MARYLAND — Law enforcement authorities appear to have reached a dead-end in their efforts to identify the killer of Rajinder Kumar, 49, who was manning the store at the Exxon gas station in Hanovar, Maryland.

Despite clear surveillance footage, the fact that the shooter wore a face mask has made it difficult to nail the shooter and the police hope his appearance and mannerisms may help someone identify or recall him.

The Baltimore Division of the FBI and Anne Arundel County Police are now offering up to $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the robbery and shooting.

Surveillance video shows the masked man entering the Exxon station store just after 1 am on August 7, drawing out a gun from his pocket as he enters, and shooting Kumar point blank. He then took cash from behind the counter, and ran out the store. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and some sort of material covering his lower face.

“We know we’re asking someone who knows the shooter to come forward, and that’s not an easy thing to do. But an innocent man was shot and killed for no reason,” Special Agent in Charge Stephen Vogt of the Baltimore Division of the FBI, said in a release.

According to the Anne Arundel police, the mask worn by the killer added to the difficulty of tracing him. “He had a mask unfortunately. We are hoping people who know this person by how he walks or his mannerisms will come forward. It was a cold blooded murder and there was nothing Mr. Kumar could have done to prevent it,” a polcie spokesman said.

Kumar is originally from Amritsar where his wife Rajni Sharma and two children Saurav and Sonali, were joined by the extended family and friends to mourn his death. In the US, Kumar lived in Glen Burnie, Maryland. His roommate, and others said Kumar worked at the gas station to earn a few extra bucks to send to his family in India.

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