TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — Law enforcement has released surveillance footage of the suspect believed be responsible for the death of a store clerk in Brundidge.
The victim — 30-year-old Neil Kurush Kumar — was a Troy University graduate student.
“Our hearts are heavy in the city, and if anyone’s seen anything yesterday morning or if you know of something, please call Brundidge Police Department, the sheriff’s department, any law enforcement officer here in Pike County or in Alabama,” Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd said. “It would be very, very helpful to all of us and continue to keep that family in prayer.”
Early Wednesday morning shortly after the business opened, an unidentified suspect described as a black man dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask entered the front door of the Gulf gas station (also known as J&S Buy Rite convenience store) in Brundidge demanding money.
“It is a sad time for Brundidge for this family and for the whole city of Brundidge,” Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said.
The suspect shot and killed the victim and took an undisclosed amount of cash before running away in an eastern direction on East Troy Street.
“I’ve been around 35-36 years almost and 25 as sheriff, and I don’t know that we’ve ever worked anything like this case in the city of Brundidge,” Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas said.
“There is a cash reward of $4,000 for information they may provide an arrest and prosecution so that we may charge and seek justice for what is apparently a capital murder event,” Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson said.
The victim’s body was discovered and reported to police at approximately 7 am. The victim’s body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.