TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Troy police spent hours taking pictures and gathering evidence at the Clark gas station at Rochester Road and South Boulevard after someone shot and killed an elderly clerk there Saturday afternoon.
Captain Bob Redmond said that two customers who gassed up and then went inside to buy pop found the man.
"They put the pop cans on the counter and they couldn't see anyone around and they were calling for someone and nobody answered," said Capt. Redmond.
The customers looked over the counter and saw the elderly man's body on the ground.
"He had been shot once in the head," said Capt. Redmond.
The clerk is from Rochester. The customers found his body around 1:30 p.m. today. There had been no sign of a struggle and so far nothing appears to be missing. Capt. Redmond said it is not clear yet if someone shot the clerk during a robbery or an argument so police need the public's help.
"If you were here between say 11 o'clock in the morning and 1:30 in the afternoon, we need you to call the troy police department," said Capt. Redmond.
Police want to know "what" or "who" you might have seen.
"It could have been anything. What if it was somebody in the gas station for a while," said Capt. Redmond. "If a customer was here at 11 o'clock and there was somebody in the gas station talking to the clerk then, that's what we want to know."
Police hope surveillance videos from the gas station and security cameras from surrounding businesses will help reveal what happened and who killed the clerk.
If you have any information please call police at (248) 524-3443.
This is the first murder Troy has had this year. Troy was just ranked as the safest city in Michigan and 35th safest city in the country by the CQ Press.