Police: Ricker's gas station clerk fatally shot during armed robbery on city's west side
Elvalide Ndiaye, 39, died at Wishard Hospital
Last Updated: 78 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Three people were arrested after a gas station clerk was fatally shot on the city's west side early Wednesday, police confirmed.
The shooting was reported just after 3 a.m. at the Ricker's BP gas station in the 6200 block of West 38th Street. When police arrived at the scene, they found a male clerk who had been shot.
Investigators said the shooting was linked to an armed robbery inside the gas station's convenience store.
The clerk, identified as 39-year-old Elvalide Ndiaye, was rushed to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition where he later died. Police said a second employee inside the store was not injured.
Ndiaye's wife of 13 years, Tanya Ndiaye, said it was only her husband's second day on the job, and they had just moved back to Indianapolis two months ago.
Investigators said Ndiaye did not resist the assailants.
"There's no reason. There's no justification, nothing. It makes no sense at all," Detective Delbert Shelton said.
Tanya Ndiaye told RTV6 reporter Jack Rinehart she had trouble sleeping and was tossing and turning all night with a pain in her side, before officers came to her door at 4:30 a.m. to tell her her husband had been shot in the stomach.
"It's just so sad that people, you know, be out trying to make a living, working hard. And somebody comes and robs him at his place of work and takes his life for something that didn't even belong to him." Ndiaye said.
Ndiaye said her late husband was originally from Senegal, and she'll be working to raise enough money to ship his body back to Senegal for burial.
Moments after the shooting, witnesses said a man and a woman were seen running from the gas station and about 45 minutes later, another robbery was reported near 71st Street and Keystone Avenue.
Police in the area spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the one seen at Ricker's. After a short chase, police caught the two suspects at 38th Street and Keystone Avenue. The driver tried to run away from the scene, but was eventually taken into custody along with another passenger in the back seat. The front seat passenger jumped out of the vehicle in hopes of escaping but was later captured, police confirmed.
Detectives were investigating if the two robberies and the homicide are connected.
Police later identified three suspects that were arrested in connection with the robbery and shooting.
Shayne Thompson, 19, Jania Hudson, 20, and Ryan Clark, 20, all of Indianapolis, were arrested and preliminarily charged with murder, robbery and resisting law enforcement, police said.
Formal charges will filed by Sept. 27.
Police asked anyone with information about the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or text "INDYCS" to 274627 (CRIMES).
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