Washi Uddin Ahmed, 55
Washi Uddin Ahmed, a 55-year-old man of Middle Eastern descent, was fatally stabbed Friday, March 25, in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Valley Village, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:15 a.m., Ahmed and his wife were working at a 7-Eleven when a man in his 40s walked in, grabbed a Mickey’s and a hot dog and started to leave, said Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The woman confronted the thief in the parking lot, who “shanked her multiple times,” then stabbed her husband when he came outside to check on his wife, Jenal said. The attack was caught on video.
Police were called and found the attacker walking down the street with the drink and the hot dog, Jenal said.
Ahmed and his wife were taken to a hospital, where Ahmed was pronounced dead. His wife was severely injured but is expected to survive.
In a statement, 7-Eleven said it was working with police and gathering information.
“This is a horrible situation,” a company spokesperson said. “Our hearts are with the victims and their families.”
Regulars at the 7-Eleven expressed shock over the incident.
"I’m just at a loss for words," customer Kelly Seidel told KTLA. "They’re the best people in the whole world, and I just can’t believe that something like this would happen."
He said the store has been affected by crime before.
"I’ve seen hoodlums come in and they try to go out with a couple 12-packs of beer, and I actually went after a guy down the sidewalk one day and got the two 12-packs of beer back," he told KTLA.
Hasaan Blunt, a 42-year-old black man, was charged March 29 with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors also allege that the murder was committed during a robbery and that Blunt caused great bodily injury. Blunt also faces two counts of second-degree robbery and three misdemeanor counts of vandalism, prosecutors said.
Blunt was convicted in 1998 of assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon by a state prison inmate, according to the charging documents.
Blunt, who is being held without bail, is also accused of slashing the tires on three vehicles before he walked into the 7-Eleven, prosecutors said.
If convicted as charged, Blunt faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. A decision on whether to seek the death penalty will be made at a later date, prosecutors said.