By Leisa Zigman
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Shot over a pack of cigarettes. NewsChannel 5 has obtained surveillance video that shows the shooting of a 30-year-old gas station clerk and how it all went down.
Police say around 10 p.m. Tuesday a woman's credit car was rejected at the BP gas station in the 4700 block of Bircher.
The woman grabbed the cigarettes anyway and said she was getting her boyfriend. That's where the surveillance video begins.
The alleged suspect walks into the gas station a couple of times, and in the background you can see the victim grab his gun to make it perfectly clear to the suspect he is armed.
Another camera shows the victim coming out of the bullet proof cashier box, and before the victim can pull out his gun, the suspect fires on shot into his stomach.
The suspect, with a gun in his right hand, backs out of the store.
The victim bends over, but stays on his feet.
The gas station has seven cameras, and on another you can see the victim's co-worker calling police.
What is most interesting and needs explanation is the fact that three local televisions watched the surveillance video before 1 p.m. Wednesday, but the police had not.
In fact, the police described the shooter as someone with dreadlocks. The suspect in the surveillance video does not have much hair.
The information the police put out Tuesday night is totally different than what the surveillance video shows.
The police spokesperson says detectives are working some good leads and they viewed the surveillance video but did not get a copy of it.
The victim remains at a local hospital in serious condition.