UPDATE: Store Clerk Killed With One Bullet

By: Whitney Martin; Shannon Smith Email
By: Whitney Martin; Shannon Smith Email
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FREEPORT (WIFR) – The Stephenson County coroner says the clerk gunned down inside a Freeport gas station on Monday died from one gunshot wound.

The doors remain locked at this South Galena convenience store. The only people allowed inside right now are the owners and investigators. The owner tells says he opened just four months ago, and still had the grand opening signs hanging here. He's now trying to find the victim's killer.
Police are continuing to patrol the neighborhood. We’re also learning more about the clerk shot dead Monday night. We’re told 30-year-old Adel Ahmed Al-Masmari was from the Detroit area where he’ll be buried. The Stephenson County coroner says Masmari was killed by one single gun-shot wound, but medical experts won’t say where he was hit.

Freeport police are now trying to determine what happened. They don’t know if the victim was robbed. We’ll bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

Police are searching for two black teenagers. Anyone with information is asked to call Freeport Police or area Crimestoppers.


UPDATE: The victim of Monday night's murder at a Freeport gas station has been identified as 30 year-old Adel Ahmed Al-Masmari.


FREEPORT (WIFR) – A typically busy Freeport gas station is closed tonight after one of its employees was shot and killed on the job. It’s the Pretzel City’s first murder in more than a year.

Fred Ishmon didn’t worry about his neighborhood when he moved to Freeport 30-years-ago. Now, he’s skeptical about walking anywhere, since last night’s shooting was just minutes away from his home.

“My wife comes down here a lot and I’m going to tell her I don’t even want her coming back down here no more. I don’t even want to come down here anymore,” Ishmon said.

Police say a 30-year-old store clerk was shot and killed at the Shell gas station on Galena Avenue jst before 11 p.m.

It’s not clear if the suspects were trying to rob the store. So far, no one’s been arrested.

“That’s a shame, though. People coming up here trying to make money and get killed in their own building. That’s bad.”

For some people like David Clark, this shooting isn’t surprising. He says the neighborhood hasn’t been the safest place.

“After a certain time at night, you kind of pick which street you want to drive down.”

“We’re not going to see Freeport become the problem child of larger cities, of oh that’s what happens in this area, that is not going to happen if I have anything to say about it.”

Mayor Jim Gitz says that’s not the image of Freeport he wants to be portrayed so he’s working on a community policing plan with Police Chief Jerry Whitmore. Two officers would be assigned to a specific neighborhood in hopes of creating a closer bond between people and police.

Gitz says that could help catch suspects after they commit a crime.

“If we’re going to be effective, we have to have the engagement, the active participation, and the support of this entire community.”

It’s that support people like Ishmon hope will help make his neighborhood safe again.

Mayor Gitz says he already had plans to enforce community policing before the murder. He says a detailed plan will be finished next month. Two officers have already been assigned to the neighborhood where the shooting happened.

The suspects are described as two black teenagers, wearing black hoodies. If you have any information, please call Freeport Police at (815) 235-8226 or Stateline Area CrimeStoppers at (866) 847-7669.


UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) -- A 30-year-old man was shot and killed at a gas station at the intersection of Galena Avenue and Chicago St. around 11:00 p.m. Monday night.

He was a clerk at the gas station. His name is not being released at this time.

Freeport Police are looking for two black teenagers. It is unknown if the teens knew the clerk.


FREEPORT (WIFR) - Freeport police confirm they are investigating a homicide from Monday night.

They responded to the scene at 833 S. Galena Ave. at 10:56 p.m. Monday. No information about the victim is being released yet until it has been confirmed that next of kin has been notified.

We will update you as we learn more. If you have any information, please call the Freeport Detective Bureau at (815) 235-8226 or Stateline Area CrimeStoppers at (866) 847-7669.


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