Convenience store clerk arrested for attempted murder

Published 1:04 pm Monday, May 11, 2015

Obad Ahmed Ali Al-Amri

Obad Ahmed Ali Al-Amri

A convenience store clerk was arrested Sunday night for attempted murder after he allegedly shot a man that threatened him.

Obad Ali Al-Amri, 29, was arrested Sunday around 10:30 p.m. after officers found a 25-year-old Selma man that had been shot in the neck. Al-Amri was charged with attempted murder.

“Selma Police Department officers were patrolling the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue … when they spotted a person crawling across the parking lot of a local business,” said Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department. “When they made contact with the victim, it was a black male who had been shot in the neck. The victim advised that he had been shot by the store clerk.”

Officers made contact with Al-Amri, who works at a convenience store on the 1200 block of Alabama Avenue.

“He advised officers that the victim was in the store wanting to purchase alcohol after 9 p.m.,” Muhannad said. “The victim became disorderly when he would not sell him the alcohol and knocked items off the counter and pulled a knife and told him to come outside.”

It is illegal in the city of Selma to purchase alcohol after 9 p.m. on Sundays.

According to Muhannad, Al-Amri met the 25-year-old outside and fired several shots at him with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. The victim was struck in the neck.

“The victim received first aid by the local ambulance service and was airlifted to a hospital in the Montgomery County area in critical condition,” Muhannad said.

After Al-Amri was detained and taken to the police department for questioning, officers recovered the handgun, but they were not able to recover a knife that the victim allegedly threatened the clerk with.

“If the guy was just being disorderly and if, in fact, he may have pulled a knife, it is still considered menacing,” Muhannad said. “The [victim] wasn’t trying to do anything inside of the store. If [the clerk] would have contacted law enforcement at the beginning of the situation, then you would have a case of menacing or harassment instead of what we have now.”

According to Muhannad, Al-Amri was charged with attempted murder because he never reported the incident and followed the victim outside.

“The store clerk never reported the harassment, disorderly conduct or the menacing,” Muhannad said.

“Mr. Amri was interviewed by a CID Detective and was arrested on probable cause for attempted murder,” Muhannad said. “He was booked and transported to the Dallas County Jail with no bond.”

Attempted murder is a class C felony. If convicted, Amri could face 10 years to life in prison and up t0 $60,000 in fines.