Friends of gas station clerk: He would give the shirt off his back

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police are still searching for the man who shot a gas station clerk in the head during an armed robbery Wednesday night.

The shooting happened at the Kix 66 gas station in the 5200 block of West Troy Avenue around 10:15 p.m.

Police held roll call, and set up their command center in the gas station’s parking lot on Thursday night, asking the public for any information on the crime.

The victim, Harry Briggs, 45, of Indianapolis, remains in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital as of Thursday.

Friends say Briggs’ family was flying in from out of state Thursday afternoon to be with him.

“[He was] a kind person, he extended his home to people who didn’t have a place to go,” said Donna Curtis, who was his apartment manager until just recently.

“I was in shock, because he’d been like a friend to me, a brother. I’d be out cutting the grass, and he’d bring me a glass of water. Just a nice person all around,” added Curtis. “Good people don’t deserve this at all.”

Curtis says Briggs was a boxer or a wrestler years ago.

Friends say he also used to work at other gas stations. His former co-workers said customers were calling all day once they heard the victim was Briggs.

“He had just come in two days ago to say ‘hi,'” said one worker at the gas station, adding that Briggs hugged everyone.

“He would help anybody, any time, any moment,” she said.

Police have released the surveillance video from the gas station where Briggs was shot Wednesday night. It shows the suspect coming in, demanding money, and although Briggs was complying with everything, the suspect still shot him in the head.

Surveillance video shows the suspect skipping away from the gas station after the shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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