CHICAGO (FOX 32/Sun-Times Media Wire) - An employee at a gas station in southwest suburban Summit was fatally shot Wednesday morning by two suspects believed to be involved in a carjacking on the South Side earlier in the day.
Summit police responded to a call of an armed robbery at a Shell gas station in the 5300 block of South Harlem, according to a statement from Summit detectives. A weapon was displayed in the robbery. While police were on the scene, another robbery was reported at another Shell gas station at the intersection of 63rd and Harlem.
In the second robbery, a station employee was fatally shot, according to police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him as Ghassan K. Abuujeries, 34, of Oak Lawn. He was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood at 9:38 a.m.
Colleagues say Abuujeries worked at the gas station and the liquor store next door.
"He worked six years there, six years here. Four days over there and four days here. Was working about 60 plus hours a week," said victim's friend George Melos. "(It's just) Terrible."
One suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male who wore a black hooded sweatshirt, red t-shirt and black baseball cap. The other was described as a black male in a black hooded sweatshirt.
The vehicle used in the robberies — a silver Pontiac Grand Prix with Illinois license plate number L925050 — is thought to have been taken in a carjacking and shooting in the 8900 block of South South Chicago about 7:30 a.m., according to police. It has tinted windows, front end damage and rust near the fuel tank door.
Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call Summit police at (708) 563-4832.