Search continues for Brundidge murder suspect

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 25, 2019 at 6:48 PM CDT
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The man who robbed and killed the cashier at the J&S Buy Rite Convenient Store early Wednesday morning is still on the run.

"He was in the general area of the for a time store prior to the store opening," Pike County Sheriff, Russell Thomas said.

The surveillance video shows the man armed and dressed in all black.

After the store opened, he went behind the register and demanded money.

The clerk did as he was asked. Then the suspect opened fire.

"He exits the store in a eastern direction as he comes out the front door, he goes right, down the sidewalk, across the railroad tracks and then disappears," Thomas said.

The clerk who died, 30 year old, Neil Purush Kumar, a Troy University graduate student.

"But it was involving one of our students of course anytime one of our students is involved in something like that were very concerned, it's devastating to our community at Troy. We're doing everything we can to be of assistance to the family and to the other departments investigating the actual crime," Chief of Police for Troy University, John McCall said.

Officials say that the store has had no history of crime. And this local shopper is shocked by what has happened...

"It's crazy just hearing about something that happened in a store i go to everyday," a local shopper of J&S Buy Rite Convenience Store, Bendarius Myhand said.

And Troy's chief of police has a message for all students.

"The common things that you do, lock your doors when you leave your car, you don't go into a building by yourself if you can do those kind of things, just trying to give them those daily safety tips that we give all of our students," McCall said.

But with no leads on identifying the suspect, those in the community are scared.

"I mean yeah because, you wouldn't want to go in a store that somebody has been robbed in, you don't want to shop in a store like that anymore. you gotta go to a different store," Myhand said.

Law enforcement agencies are offering a $4,000 reward with information leading to an arrest.