Gas Station Murder Suspects Arrested

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CLEVELAND -- Employees and customers at Biggie's Market on Cleveland's east side are relieved the three people accused of killing a co-worker and wounding the owner during a hold-up are behind bars.

Employees are grateful the accused killers are off the street.

"I am very relieved. I believe we got some good citizens around in Cleveland. They did a good job on finding out where they were," said Dontay Sims, a cook at Biggie's on East 55th Street and Cedar Avenue.

The three unidentified suspects are accused of holding up Biggie's at gunpoint on July 30, then opening fire on those working at the family-run business.

"One male was murdered and another male was shot," said Commander Gary Ginzell with the Cleveland Police Department.

Mohammed Ismail, 48, was killed after struggling with one of the suspects. He was a father of five, just trying to make a living, coworkers said.

The owner was shot in the arm and torso, but is recovering.

"I feel bad for his family. He's got younger kids, older kids. I kinda feel bad," Sims said.

"He was more than just a clerk, he was like family. We've known him for a real long time. We loved the guy," said Ameen Shoman, a manager and relative of the owner.

Police said tips from the public and a U.S. Marshall's investigation lead them to an apartment on East 69th Street about 9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Officers surrounded the building and the three suspects surrendered.

Police say they are two juveniles and one adult.

"We was feeling real low, but today is actually a day where we were actually happy," Shoman said.

Biggie's customers are also glad the suspects are off the street, thanks in part to the tips.

"That's good. People should do that everywhere, in crime, come up, everybody should step-up," customer Fred Blackwell said.

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