Mohammed Mizu Rahman, 34
Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, a 34-year-old man from Bangladesh, was shot to death Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records and authorities.
About 3:30 a.m., a man entered a Chevron station and purchased an item, police said. The man later returned to the counter, pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
Rahman, a clerk at the station, complied, but the assailant shot him. Rahman called 911 and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:25 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The gunman fled in a light-colored car, police said.
Hours after the shooting, local residents stopped at the gas station to hug members of the staff, who stood beside a cordon of yellow police tape.
Benoit Hecquet, who lives near the station, said he was shocked. Hecquet said Rahman was a native of Bangladesh who worked the overnight shift to earn money for his family and put himself through graduate school.
“He was always polite, talkative. And he even asked about how my son was doing,” said Hecquet, who said he would sometimes buy cigarettes at the station.
Co-workers also said the victim was an MBA student who worked nights while studying.
"I am sure scenarios like these happen, but I am heartbroken," said Carlos Francisco. "He was a dreamer. Work by night, study by day to make himself better."
Francisco added that Rahman only recently began working at the gas station.
Another co-worker, who asked not to be named, said the station never gets any trouble, apart from the occasional drunk.